Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance yet again to go top after squandering a host of chances in Monte Carlo. Les Parisiens could only manage a 0-0 draw with AS Monaco and the capital club are left to ponder what might have been.
For 60 minutes Laurent Blanc’s side were in the ascendency. The game became stretched particularly in the opening quarter of the second-half which worked to our advantage. We were making good use of the space left behind by Les Rouges et Blancs but we lacked that elusive goal.
Blanc named a side with no real surprises. David Luiz was given the anchorman duty in the three man midfield alongside Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi. That meant Marquinhos partnered the skipper Thiago Silva in the centre of defence. Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi were the men who supported Edinson Cavani up top with Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended.
The home side started the better in the first 10 minutes. Clearly buoyed by their 1-3 win away to Arsenal in midweek, they were playing with an air of confidence. Marco Verratti committed three fouls in the first three first three minutes but remarkably he did not pick up a booking during the course of the game.
We soon get a foothold in the game and conjured up our first real attack. Pastore who was our best attacking outlet played a diligent ball into the box for Lavezzi who got in behind Layvin Kurzawa to control and teed up Cavani whose shot stung the palms of Danijel Subasic.
Cavani and Lavezzi were involved again soon after. Verratti played the ball over the top for El Matador. Subasic began to edge of his line before retreating and Edi’s ball into the box found Lavezzi but his shot was blocked by the Brazilian Wallace.
Lavezzi then had a golden opportunity – one he should have taken – to put PSG into the lead. Maxwell chipped the ball into the box which was nodded down by Matuidi for the Argentine who was free but he put his effort wide. His reaction told the story. He knew he should have put the champions into the lead.
One of our best moves entailed of Lavezzi dragging an effort wide of Subasic’s left-hand post. David Luiz did brilliantly to win the ball in midfield, Matuidi picked out Pastore who bore forward before playing his compatriot in with the through ball. Unfortunately El Pocho was unable to hit the target.
At this point it just seemed a matter of time before we would find the back of the net. Cavani had a clear sight of goal just before the break. He fired a shot over the bar when he should have worked the goalkeeper.
After the interval we continued to create chances. Pastore had an effort saved by Subasic after some good interplay with Lavezzi. However, he should have put us in front after little Verratti threaded a through ball which he controlled expertly first time but decided to dink the ball over Subasic rather than put his foot through it. Unfortunately from our point of view, the ball missed the target.
PSG had thrown their best efforts at the hosts. We just couldn’t make any of them count! ASM then had a 10-minute period of pressure but not enough to trouble Salvatore Sirigu who only had to contend with one shot on target all game from Joao Moutinho.
On the balance of play, you have to see it as two points dropped. Monaco have the best defence in Ligue 1 and we breached it so many times – yet it still wasn’t good enough! We did a lot right in the game, except for finding the back of the net. Lyon’s loss at Lille yesterday gave us an opportunity to take top spot outright. Instead we had to settle for a sixth straight draw with the principality club in the league and sit just a point behind Hubert Fournier’s side.