Paris Saint-Germain’s unbeaten run rolls on despite a few jittery moments in Toulouse on Saturday night. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s solitary goal in the 73rd minute ensured an 18th victory in 21 games. It simply beggars belief the season we are having, and who would have forseen get any better after last season’s heroics?
It was not a vintage performance by any means from the champions. Toulouse, despite being in the bottom three, showed signs of their recent good form, particularly through Wissam Ben Yedder who rattled the woodwork in the first-half. Had that gone in, things may have been different.
Edinson Cavani was once again left on the bench but did make an early introduction after Javier Pastore suffered yet another injury setback, this time to his ankle. Centre-back Marquinhos would join him on the sidelines too after coming off on the hour mark, being replaced by Gregory Van der Wiel. With Thiago Silva already nursing a ligament complaint, this was the last thing Laurent Blanc wanted. It seems as if Marquinhos picked up an injury to his groin resulting in him being taken off.
But, it was the big man to the rescue like he has done so many times over the years. David Luiz managed to get his head on a corner and conveniently there was Zlatan at the back stick to nod the ball past 16-year-old Alban Lafont.
As quoted by the club’s official site, the match winner said after the game; “This was a very good win, a very important one, after a very tough match. We always try to play our football, respect our philosophy. Sometimes we can do that, other times not. We scored the goal and won the game. You have to know how to win this type of matches. Even if we have a big lead in the standings, we want to keep winning all our matches. That’s our motivation.”
Other results mean we still have a 21-point lead at the top of the table ahead of second-placed Monaco.