Paris Saint-Germain kept the unbeaten run going and maintained that one point lead at the top of the table thanks to a 3-0 victory over Guingamp last night at the Parc des Princes. Goals from the two Argentines, Javier Pastore and Angel di Maria made it 2-0 before Zlatan Ibrhaimovic netted his first of the campaign to consolidate a three goal margin late on.
Coach Laurent Blanc was buoyed by the manner of the win. He told the press after the game; “It was a difficult match but we showed good intentions, both as individuals and as a team. We struggled a little to translate our dominance onto the scoreboard, but we kept plugging away and in the end we broke their resistance. I’m happy for the players because they were rewarded for their efforts.”
There were seven changes made by the gaffer from the side that drew 1-1 away to Reims last weekend. One of the players that kept their place was Pastore and he opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Ibra with the assist played the ball to ‘Flaco’ who sauntered his way into the dee before placing the ball past goalkeeper Jonas Lossl with style.
Pastore’s performance was merited with Le Parisien naming him man of the match, giving him a 7/10. The daily highlighted his importance within the team’s ball retention whilst believing he shown signs that he is back to his best form.
We had to wait until the 76th minute until the victory was ensured by the champions. Zlatan had a shot saved that was fumbled by Lossl but there was Di Maria to take advantage and net his first goal in Ligue 1.
Ibra got his goal late on which took his tally up to 107 in Parisian colours, now just two shy of the great Pauleta. Surely a matter of time before that record is broken! Di Maria returned the favour for his teammate as it was his assist. It could have been 108 had he not missed a penalty minutes after scoring.
Nevertheless, the big man was delighted to get his first goal of the campaign. He said post-match; “I felt good out there tonight. The most important thing is that I keep getting back to my best. I need to play more games to get there. I was never worried about not scoring goals, the goals will come. As long as the team is winning, the spirit in the squad is good for scoring goals and that’s the essential. Tonight I scored and the team won, so I’m very happy. We need to continue like this to get stronger and stronger.”
Next up is Nantes on Saturday afternoon at the Stade de la Beaujoire before that gruelling trip to Donetsk to face Shakhtar in the Champions League.