The brand new season is officially underway and Paris Saint-Germain have already bagged a piece of silverware thanks to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in the Trophee des Champions. Goals from Serge Aurier and Edinson Cavani in the opening 20 minutes marked off a routine win for the champions in Montreal, Canada.
Coach Laurent Blanc utilised his standard 4-3-3 formation with Cavani on the left of the attacking three with Lucas Moura opposite and of course Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing down the middle. The defence pretty much picked itself with Aurier, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Maxwell. But, in midfield Adrien Rabiot was given a start alongside Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti. Little Marco played in Thiago Motta’s deep lying role and was outstanding. Rabiot had a good game himself and on that performance, stands a decent chance at starting away to Lille next week.
Les Gones started the opening 10 minutes the better of the two teams. They were the ones looking to impose themselves although not really troubling goalkeeper Kevin Trapp who was given the nod ahead of Salvatore Sirigu. In truth, Trapp was a mere spectator for much of the game and this was ensured as Maxime Gonalons was sent off for a second booking in the 64th minute.
The opening goal came in the 11th minute. Aurier showed real bravery to get his head on Luiz’s ball across goal which was hit with velocity and guided it past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Aurier was man of the match. He was exceptional down the right-hand side, providing telling balls and crosses as well as determination to get forward as much as possible. He has given Gregory Van der Wiel a problem in forcing his way back into the side.
Six minutes later, Cavani made it 2-0. Aurier played a delightful ball round the defence for Ibra whose shot was saved by Lopes but the Uruguayan was there to fire home the rebound first time.
It was all PSG from then on in, Lyon hardly constructed an attack together and this was made all the more impossible when Gonalons was given his marching orders.
It is a third straight Trophee des Champions win and fifth overall for Les Parisiens. That winning mentality shows no sign of letting up and long may it continue!