There are so many positives to take from Paris Saint-Germain’s imperious start to the season. The club – who are more often than not notorious slow starters – have had its best start to a campaign for years. The team looks ever so sharp thanks to a successful pre-season in Austria and North America. The new lads such as Kevin Trapp and Angel di Maria have settled in quickly. And notably there have been some standout performers such as Serge Aurier who has evolved into an incredibly exciting full-back down that right-hand side. And the ever consistent Blaise Matuidi in central midfield.
Aurier has come on leaps and bounds this season. After making his move to the Parc des Princes a permanent one back in the spring, he came back during the summer with tremendous vigour. It was as if that signature on his long-term contract triggered a new sense of belief in the Ivorian who did struggle for form during the majority of last season. This time around, Aurier has given Les Parisiens somewhat of a new dimension down the right-hand side. He gives the team added impetus in attack with his buccaneering runs whilst creating space for others with his movement.
Of course he has the ability to do this with the team enjoying most of the possession in domestic games. The test for him will come in Europe and against the bigger hitters in France. Nevertheless, nobody can dispute the impact he has made to the season.
As for big bad Blaise, he has without doubt been our star performer in this early season sparring. Those traits have showed no sign of diminishing. You know what you are going to get with Blaise. Dynamism, heart, desire, tactical awareness and he has now added goalscoring to his repertoire. The two goals he has netted already is just two shy off the total tally that was accumulated last term.
This was carried into the international break with France, netting a brace against Serbia with one being an absolute belter on the volley which gave goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic no chance.
Only three shots on target in Parisian colours but two goals, one being the opener against Gazelec Ajaccio and the other which turned out to be the winner away to Montpellier. To top that off, he has two assists to his name and the stats make impressive reading.
The rest of the team have played their part of course. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had his fitness woes again so far but he will come again. But thus far Blaise and Serge are setting the precedent for the champions.