It has been quite a few days for Paris Saint-Germain. We kicked off the International Champions Cup with a 3-2 win over Benfica, completed the signing of Benjamin Stambouli and Laurent Blanc confirmed that Thiago Motta wants to leave the club.
It is never dull these days if you are affiliated with Les Parisiens that is for sure. But, the win over Benfica last Saturday night in Montreal was a great workout for the lads. Jean-Kevin Augustin continued his bright start to the pre-season with a lovely goal to open the scoring. He produced a nifty piece of skill to get away from his marker before firing past the goalkeeper.
But, the Portuguese champions showed character to come back and ended up leading 2-1 heading into the break. Paris though were back on level terms on the hour mark thanks to a Lucas Moura penalty and then clinched victory via Lucas Digne, thanks to some poor goalkeeping from Paulo Lopes.
Laurent Blanc was delighted with the performance and said after the game; “This win has put a smile on our faces and given us a bit of confidence, especially for the young players. It was a very young side this evening. We played some good football in a very entertaining match against an excellent opponent. Benfica have some excellent footballers. After trailing, then coming back to 2-2 and then going and getting that winning goal, I think we can be very satisfied with our performance. The young players will remember this match very positively. Congratulations to the more experienced players as well, because they led the way.”
The morning after though there was some troubling news which was reported by Le Parisien and that was Thiago Motta’s refusal to train with the squad. An absolute professional ever since he arrived at the Parc des Princes, the midfield man has played dirty in order to get a move away from the club. This led to Blanc saying; “We cannot continue like this”. The club are dealing with this internally but it is a delicate situation. Blanc also said he will not play in the game against Fiorentina tonight.
One player whose long term future is with Paris Saint-Germain is Benjamin Stambouli as he completed his move from Tottenham Hotspur today. The Frenchman has signed a five year deal and told the club’s official site; “I feel very proud, I have travelled a long road to get here today. It’s the start of a new adventure and I hope to experience some great moments in this shirt and win a lot of titles”.