Paris Saint-Germain are absolutely coasting to a fourth straight Ligue 1 title. Saturday’s 4-1 win at home to Troyes has kept the momentum heading into the final weeks before the winter break. As a result the champions have a 13-point lead at the top of the table – ahead of all teams – second-placed Caen who smashed Bordeaux 4-1 away from home.
In a patriotic Parc des Princes with the club paying homage to those affected during the recent terrorist attacks, Les Parisiens made light work of Ligue 1’s bottom club. Goals from Edinson Cavani, Zlatan ibrahimovic, Layvin Kurzawa and Jean-Kevin Augustin made it nine straight league victories. As a result, PSG have equalled their own record (1985/86) of matching 41-points after 15 games. The club also equalled another record by scoring in 26 consecutive matches, set back in 2013.
Coach Laurent Blanc made a couple of changes to the team that were so dominant in Malmo during the week. The likes of Kurzawa, Benjamin Stambouli and David Luiz came into the XI.
The Parc des Princes was a sea of red, white and blue. The players were greeted to a mosaic of the French flag and a band playing La Marseillaise along with a host of star names saying the words ‘JE SUIS PARIS’ on the big screens. It really was a sight to behold and fitting that the capital club ran out as comprehensive winners.
PSG were on top throughout and made their dominance count with the opener
in the 20th minute. The promoted side were made to pay for giving the ball away which resulted in Angel di Maria producing a gorgeous pass with the outside of his boot for Cavani to volley home.
The second came just before the hour mark. Lucas Moura was brought down in the box and up stepped Ibra to convert and with it equal Mustapha Dahleb’s club record of 85 Ligue 1 goals.
Kurzawa continued his impressive goalscoring ratio when he starts. The Frenchman conjured up a delightful volley to make it 3-0 and then substitute Jean-Kevin Augustin made it 4-0 to get his first ever competitive goal in blue.
The pick of the goals arguably came from the visitors. Thomas Ayasse’s consolation strike was an absolute pearler.
After the game coach Laurent Blanc could not hide his delight. As quoted by the club’s official site, he said; “It’s a very good thing to be autumn champion with four matches to spare before the winter break. Our aim is to be champions at the end of the season. There are still points on offer between now and the halfway point of the season and we want to get as many as possible. We played a number of young players tonight because we have a lot of matches every three days at the moment. We have a quality squad, so you need to use it at times like this”.
The way it is going, this will be the most one-sided title race in recent memory. We have not had a challenge of any sort since the start of the season and the unassailable lead at the top has not been deterred by our European participation either. The title of ‘winter’ champions has already been cemented and it will take a monumental collapse for a fourth league title in a row not to make its way back to the capital come next spring.