Four wins from four, seven goals scored and zero goals conceded. Paris Saint-Germain’s imperious start to the season continued last night with an emphatic 3-0 win away to Monaco. Edinson Cavani’s brace and Ezequiel Lavezzi’s late goal cemented PSG’s first win over the principality club in the league since 2007.
Notorious slow starters, we have raced out of the traps and set the precedent for the chasing pack. This was a massive statement of intent against a genuine title rival. To put it bluntly, after the interval we made it look easy. We dictated possession whilst creating the better openings. Monaco showed positive signs through their youngsters such as Adama Traore, Anthony Martial and Stephane El Shaarawy but lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
As expected Angel di Maria began the game on the bench. Zlatan Ibrahimovic started, lasting 75 minutes. It was an effective return from the big Swede, even notching up an assist for Cavani’s second of the night. He played a deeper role which he blatantly enjoys showing no ill effects from his recent injury.
Chances were few and far between in the first-half. Ibra had a sight on goal after some gorgeous control. He subsequently put the ball wide off the post. Marco Verratti who was superb yet again played a delightful ball in behind Ricardo Carvalho for Lucas Moura but the Brazilian could only shoot straight at Danijel Subasic.
Serge Aurier again showed how important he is to PSG in an attacking sense. The Ivorian played a number of teasing balls into the penalty area. He has incredible stamina to continuously get forward and he had Monaco worried at times.
After the interval we upped the ante. As Di Maria warmed up on the sidelines, the champions produced some efficient, patient football. This ended up with Maxwell playing the ball at the near post for Cavani to head home with aplomb just before the hour mark.
Moments later Di Maria made his long awaited debut, coming on for Lucas and played on the right-hand side. In the 25 minutes he was on the pitch the Argentine showed the quality that he is going to bring to this team. He very nearly made an immediate impact by finding Cavani with a cross but the Uruguayan could only find Subasic instead of the back of the net.
He soon did though as Zlatan played a diligent through ball for his attacking partner to finish beautifully past the Croat and more or less seal the points there and then.
Then Di Maria put his stamper on the game by producing a pin point ball down the middle for substitute Ezequiel Lavezzi to wrap things up in emphatic fashion. That was a goal made in Argentina!
It is a win that already puts the Monte Carlo club seven points behind us as we sit on top of the pile with 12 points. We could not have asked for anymore and can head into the international break in a buoyant mood. The majority of the lads will now fly off to various parts of the world to represent their countries. When they arrive back in Paris though the games are going to come thick and fast, especially with the return of Champions League football.
Bring it on!