There is no rest for the wicked as they say. After a hectic international break, PSG’s stars are right back in the thick of domestic action tomorrow with a home clash against Laurent Blanc’s former club Bordeaux.
It could not have been a better start to the season. This was typified by the 3-0 away to Monaco just before the break, which ended up being as easy as the score line suggested. That is not being disrespectful to the principality side but the gulf in class showed. They have lost a host of marquee names and having to rebuild with younger talent that will eventually blossom – but it is going tot take time. Anthony Martial who played in that game then became the world’s most expensive teenager by singing for Manchester United just a day later. It is another player out of the Stade Louis II revolving door.
Of course it is early days and the real test will now come with the start of European football next week. It is a busy few weeks coming up with two games per week up until the beginning of October. Malmo of Sweden will make their visit to the Parc des Princes next Tuesday, hence the game against FCGB being played tomorrow.
Willy Sagnol’s men are in the same boat as us as they kick off their Europa League campaign against Liverpool a week tonight. The 2009 champions picked up their first win over Nantes on match-day four following two draws an opening day defeat to Stade de Reims.
There was mixed fortunes for our stars for their national teams. Blaise Matuidi is turning out to be the toast of the capital thanks to his early season form and he carried this into the international break. He netted a brace against Serbia which included a stunning strike from outside the box that gave goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic no chance.
As for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, injury problems continue to hamper his start to the season. Despite playing both of Sweden’s games (a 1-0 win over Russia and then a harrowing 4-1 defeat at home to Austria), the veteran is suffering with an injury to his abdominals. He is a doubt for tomorrow. Whether Laurent Blanc decides to risk him remains to be seen but we should have more clarity later today after the coach’s pre-match presser.
Angel di Maria though is set for a full debut. The Argentine decided to remain at Camp des Loges during the break to focus on his fitness. He picked up a hamstring problem during the Copa America that delayed his PSG bow but made quite an impression in Monte Carlo during his cameo. The Parc will be absolutely buzzing as he takes to the field their for the first time in Parisian blue.
If we are to win tomorrow it will open up a six-point gap at the top ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.