Toulouse FC vs Paris Saint-Germain
PSG got that monkey off their back on Wednesday with their first away victory of the season at newly promoted Caen. It eased the recent negativity that has cascaded the club in recent weeks following a string of mediocre performances where we were lucky to come away with a point – particularly against Ajax and Lyon. But, playing a new formation of 4-2-3-1 gave us a new dynamic. We conjured up our most expressive performance of the season where Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore excelled. Another away day trip awaits tomorrow, this time at Toulouse who have just come off the back of an impressive 3-0 win away to Rennes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be missing again but will be fit for that mouth-watering visit of Barcelona on Tuesday. Ibra’s absence will be a blessing in disguise against TFC. If we play with the same sort of freedom tomorrow as we did against Caen then we have a very good chance of coming away with all three points. Edinson Cavani may not have netted on the night but he was lively, getting in the right positions and worked the goalkeeper. On another day he could have netted a brace. Pastore in that position just behind the striker is where he is at his best. There are not enough superlatives to do his performance justice. He completely ran the game, as did little Lucas who put in arguably his best performance in a Parisian shirt.
After the game coach Laurent Blanc said that the win should be savoured; “The result is very reassuring. In our situation, the most important thing was the three points. Paris Saint-Germain had struggled to win away, now we’ve done it. We travel away to Toulouse again on Saturday. We are in a tricky period. We have spoken a lot with the players. A lot of clubs go through these moments when you have to dig deep. We are going to enjoy this victory”.
Yes, it was against Caen but it finally extinguished the anxiety to win on the road. If we can get something similar at the Stadium Municipal it will be more than welcome ahead of the visit of Lionel Messi and co next week.
Toulouse are unbeaten at home so far this campaign with Wissam Ben Yedder hitting some form at the right time. He has scored in the last two games, accumulating four in total. He is joint-3rd in the top goalscorer’s chart, behind Ibra and Andre-Pierre Gignac. He is their talisman up top but Le Parisiens must keep an eye on midfielder Adrien Reggattin who has started the season brightly, notching three assists in the process. The pair of them were pivotal in the 3-0 victory in Brittany during the week with Reggattin bursting through to tee up Ben Yedder for a composed finish for their third.
You will think Blanc will not make too many changes to the side but as we know before a Champions League fixture he likes to tinker. The mentality needs to be changed also as we suffer from nausea somewhat before these big European nights. We cannot afford to do that tomorrow.