Paris Saint-Germain’s lead at the top is becoming unassailable following the latest 3-0 victory away to Nice last Friday night. Two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani’s opener against Claude Puel’s side has continued the unbeaten start to the domestic season – thus opening up a 15-point gap at the summit.
We are seemingly breaking records every single week and Ibrahimovic’s brace meant that he overhauled Mustapha Dahleb’s goalscoring record of 85 goals in a Parisian shirt. The big Swede is now not only the club’s all time leading goalscorer but now the record holder for league goals too.
From a team’s perspective, they beat the previous record of 13 consecutive away games without tasting defeat. The victory at the Allianz Riviera made it 14 and with the way things are going, that run can certainly be extended.
Coach Laurent Blanc was absolutely thrilled with the victory. As quoted by the club’s official site, he said; “In December, we have played away to Angers and Nice, and soon away to Caen. Few would have thought these (teams) would be matches against second, third and fifth in the league. They have all enjoyed excellent starts to the season, that no one saw coming. So these are important points, especially away from home. We have 45 points so far with a difficult fixture list including 11 away matches in the first half of the campaign. If we can get a few more points, it will be a very good first half of the season”.
Blanc’s quotes are putting it mildly. It has been an absolutely phenomenal start to the campaign. Bar the defeat in Madrid – where we were by far the better side – the opening half to the season has been imperious.
Niklas Hult’s concession of a penalty and red card on the stroke of half-time of course made things easier for us. Up stepped Ibra to make it 2-0 and really put an end to any kind of Nice resurgence after the interval. Nevertheless, that was considered to be a real tough match for the champions heading into, so to come out with a three-goal margin along with the points should be applauded.