There was no giant killing last night for the new boys Gazelec Ajaccio. David stood little chance of slaying Goliath in this one as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Parc des Princes without breaking a sweat.
Goals in the first-half from Blaise Matuidi and the skipper Thiago Silva settled matters as the champions played the game like it was a routine for them at Camp des Loges.
Angel di Maria was presented to the crowd just before kick-off and was given a wonderful reception. The Argentine was in the stands to see his new teammates produce an efficient and respectful display against the Ligue 1 newcomers.
Jean-Kevin Augustin was handed his first league start. He was on the right-hand side of the attacking trio with Lucas Moura playing opposite and Edinson Cavani of course playing through the middle. The rest of the team was largely unchanged from the one that beat Lille last week.
The opening goal came in emphatic fashion in the 11th minute as Matuidi picked up on a loose ball in the penalty area before firing home. The Frenchman delivering the first goal of the season at the Parc in front of the vocal Parisians.
10 minutes later, it was 2-0. The skipper got his head on the end of a Thiago Motta corner to essentially kill the game off as a contest. The first-half would peter out with the hosts playing keep ball for the remaining 25 minutes.
Credit to the Corsicans, they were not overawed with the occasion but were ultimately outdone by the level of class in the PSG ranks.
Chances were few and far between after the interval. Cavani saw his glancing header creep just wide of Clement Maury’s goal.
But it’s two wins out of two and we are sitting top of the table. Early doors of course but it is a terrific start to the campaign nevertheless.
Coach Laurent Blanc was buoyed with the victory and said post-match; “We are on a good winning run with the nine wins from the end of last season. What I’ll remember from this match, and in our games since the start of the season, is the team’s concentration. I’m very pleased with that aspect of our game and we will keep building on that. We often say that matches at the highest level are decided by the little details. Determination and concentration are crucial in the big games. We have to maintain this level of focus, both individually and collectively, whether we’re playing Barcelona or Ajaccio, to avoid any unwelcome surprises”.