FC Lorient 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Christophe Jallet
Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 victory in Brittany last night against FC Lorient was far from polished but it was huge nevertheless. Thiago Motta’s scruffy first-half tap-in turned out to be enough to ensure the champions had a double figure lead over second-placed Monaco who entertain Lille tomorrow. On an artificial pitch, not at our best but yet still able to take all three points back to Paris is nothing to be scoffed at.
The win also set a new club record of eight consecutive victories. The record of seven stood for 19-years until it was equalled last Sunday against Saint-Etienne. Laurent Blanc has added a feather to his cap by coaching this side to yet another welcomed record.
The coach opted to give Marquinhos a consecutive start at centre-back in order for Alex to rest. Unfortunately however, the skipper Thiago Silva picked up a knock to his head via Vincent Aboubakar’s flailing elbow and had to come off for his compatriot. Christophe Jallet continued at right-back following his comeback and did ever so well against his former club. For me, he was man of the match despite there not being a real eye catching performance from any of the Parisien players. Jallet put in good deliveries, got forward, tracked back – did an all-round job basically. Marquinhos also did very well. He produced a stunning sliding tackle on Jeremie Aliadiere in the penalty area during the first 45 minutes.
We did not really get into any rhythm during the 90. We had spells of possession but there was no panache. Lorient to their credit created better openings and had their moments. Substitute Bryan Pele even had a goal chalked off with minutes to go for offside. The linesman made the correct call but on another night, that could have gone against us and dropped two points.
The goal came just before the interval. Edinson Cavani fumbled the ball into the box which resulted in Zlatan Ibrahimovic bringing out a close-range save by Fabian Audard but he was unable to prevent the ever reliable Motta to tuck home. That is the Italian international’s sixth goal of the season! Equalling his best ever tally that he achieved with Italian club Genoa in 2009.
It was not a classic – far from it – but a huge victory in the sense that an 11-point gap has been opened up and that puts huge pressure on Monaco at home to a Lille side wanting to cement that final Champions League spot.
PSG supporters will be rooting for Les Dogues tomorrow night.