Paris Saint-Germain are not used to this! Notorious slow starters to a league season usually, the champions have raced out the blocks this time and made it three wins from three following a hard fought 1-0 victory in Montpellier this evening.
Blaise Matuidi’s second-half strike was enough to ensure all three points came back to the capital after Serge Aurier and Edindon Cavani both had goals ruled out for offside.
Benjamin Stambouli did not start the game against his former club as we all thought he would. Instead Javier Pastore played in the midfield trio alongside Matuid and Thiago Motta. Ezequiel Lavezzi made his first start of the campaign in the front three with Lucas Moura opposite and of course Cavani down the middle.
After a bright start, Pastore had to make way after just 10 minutes as he appeared to jolt his ankle with a pass. Hopefully it is nothing too serious for the Argentine who was replaced by Adrien Rabiot.
Even though the game was fairly even we did seem to lose a creative spark after Flaco’s departure. Rabiot had a decent effort on goal and Lavezzi very nearly profited from a mistake by Jonas Martin but the Argentinian dragged his effort wide.
After the interval, a slight change made a world of difference. Matuidi had been playing on the right-hand side of centre midfield which he is not used to. This was done more so to accommodate Rabiot but Laurent Blanc switched them round and the team reaped the benefits. Matuidi was the best player on the pitch. He has started the season brilliantly and his goal on the hour mark was taken with aplomb. Lavezzi did superbly down the left to allude two MHSC shirts with a slipped through pass to Maxwell who matched that with one of his own to Blaise at the near post and the Frenchman smashed the ball past goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali.
His opposite number Kevin Trapp demonstarted a world class save at 0-0 to deny Reme Bensebaini’s header. The German who had his busiest night in a Parisian shirt thus far showed unbelievable agility to palm the effort away with one hand. That one moment remonstrated why the club invested the money and see him as the new number one at the club.
Chances were few and far between after the goal. PSG’s defence was rock solid although La Paillade offered little in attack. David Luiz was a tower of strength all game, stifling the MHSC attackers with ease.
All in all it has been the perfect start for the team. Three wins out of three, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return from injury and an Angel di Maria prime and ready for his debut in Monte Carlo next week. Not bad at all!