It will have been nine days since Paris Saint-Germain last kicked a ball in a competitive match. That valiant 1-0 win away to Lille on the opening day of the season was exceptional under the circumstances. Being reduced to 10-men for 60 odd minutes would, more often than not, make a team crumble. But, not with this Parisian side. They demonstrated heart, desire and most importantly tactical awareness. So with a mindset like that they will not take lightly the visit of promoted Gazelec Ajaccio on Sunday night.
It’s the first home game of the season and the Parc des Princes should be rocking! The arrival of Angel di Maria has the city of Paris buzzing and there has been more good news regarding the future of Thiago Motta. After coming on to shore things up in midfield last week when Adrien Rabiot was sent off, it was reported that he has warmed to the idea of staying at the football club. He has said for the last month or so that he was seeking pastures new but the club’s stance on his importance has given him a change of heart. There may even be a possibility of a new contract in the offing, which was reported by Le Parisien a couple of days ago.
One player who looks to be on his way out is Lucas Digne. It appears as if he is set for a move to Italy with AS Roma on a season-long loan. He will link up with his former coach at Lille Rudi Garcia. It is a shame really because he has been one of PSG’s best players during pre-season. However, in what will be Maxwell’s final year at the club, there appears little chance of the Frenchman dislodging the ever-reliable Brazilian from that left-back berth.
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck completed a season-long loan to Saint-Etienne during the week, which is a great move for him. He will get substantial playing time at one of the country’s most infamous clubs and Christophe Galtier will no doubt ensure he gets the best out of him. The lad has exceptional talent but competition for places is rife – especially with Di Maria now at the club. There is no option to buy for ASSE so that remonstrates the faith PSG have in him and will want to see what he can offer next summer at least.
As far as the game goes on Sunday, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will still be absent. He has resumed training this week but this will come a little too soon for the big Swede. Coach Laurent Blanc will most probably continue with the front three of Javier Pastore, Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura. Little Lucas was our best attacking outlet against Lille. His runs at the defence caused Les Dogues all sorts of problems and by having 10-men, he was the catalys – the one looking to make things happen. The goal in particular was a work off art. He, Motta, Cavani and Blaise Matuidi were all on the same page for what was a gorgeous team goal.
Gazelec are embarking on their first ever Ligue 1 campaign. They got their first point last weekend in a 0-0 draw against fellow promoted club Troyes. The LFP’s radical decision to reduce the number of teams being relegated from three to two back in May would have given the likes of GFCA cause for optimism of staying in the division. Unfortunately for them though the LFP made the decision to change it back to three earlier today but it is subject to change.
Nevertheless, It is a meteoric rise for the tiny Corsican club who were only playing in the amateur ranks a few years ago.
If ever there was a David vs Goliath encounter in Ligue 1 then this is it.