Paris Saint-Germain could not have prepared any better for the game with Chelsea on Wednesday night after a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Antoine Kombourare’s RC Lens yesterday. Les Parisiens created a bucketful of chances and fully merited the hefty scoreline.
The result puts us top of the pile in Ligue 1 at least momentarily depending on Lyon’s result with Montpellier later today. Nevertheless, with so many faces rested and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as Thiago Motta returning to the fold, the champions carried on the good form shown in the victory over Monaco during the week.
It took us until just before the break to open the scoring. We had a host of chances beforehand, particularly in the opening 15 minutes where Ibra rattled the post after some good play by Javier Pastore but it was David Luiz who gave us the lead. He drilled a freekick from around 30-yards past Rudy Riou which is his fourth goal for the club in all competitions.
Zlatan made it 2-0 from the spot on the hour mark to rubberstamp his return before the visitors pulled a goal back via Yoann Touzghar who got in front of Luiz to steer Ludovic Baal’s ball into the box past Salvatore Sirigu.
Laurent Blanc made three changes by bringing on Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore and Blaise Matuidi. Big bad Blaise made it 3-1 to turn home El Flaco’s cross from the left which was meant for Edi but Blaise came steaming in at the back post to turn home.
But, the best was saved till last. Ibrahimovic with an audacious lob into the box was volleyed into the net first time by Pastore to round off a successful evening for Les Parisiens.
After the game Blanc said; “The score is very good, no injuries, so today’s is a good evening. We picked up all three points. We created a lot of chances, we played some good football, but we need to convert a higher percentage in four days’ time. It’s pretty obvious… we won’t have as many chances to score as we did tonight”.
He has hit the nail on the head, Wednesday night is a different kettle of fish but in terms of heading to London in good spirits, easing players back into the fold (Ibrahimovic & Motta) and playing some of our best football of the season in recent weeks, we are in a very good place.
Roll on Wednesday!