It was imperious. It was emphatic. It was brutal! Paris Saint-Germain are on another level these days in Ligue 1 and the lead at the top of the table tells the tale. 60 points after 22 league games is nothing short of startling. And our 5-1 demolition of Angers who are well in contention for a Champions League spot was largely down to Angel di Maria who put on a masterful display.
With Manchester United’s woes illustrated in the British press following a defeat at the hands of Southampton, they were quick to point out Di Maria’s performance on Saturday. The man who Louis Van Gaal allowed to leave for Paris last summer netted a brace before being replaced by Edinson Cavani in the 70th minute. His goal to make it 4-1 with a long range volley epitomised the level of class he has in his locker. It was a gem!
Blaise Matuidi, who was just as good as anyone on the pitch on Saturday played a big part in us taking the lead by winning possession in the middle of the pitch. This led to some interplay with Di Maria before finding the big man Zlatan Ibrahimovic whose deflected effort went in and got the ball rolling.
The second came six minutes from the interval via Lucas Moura. The little Brazilian is having a run in the team at the expense of Cavani and if he keeps this kind of form up, the Uruguayan is going to find it majorly difficult to get back in the fold on a regular basis. Gregory Van der Wiel did ever so well to get to the byline before cutting it back for the number 7 to finish. Di Maria, going back to him again, was key in this too with a sublime piece of skill to get the Dutchman on his way down the right.
Then in the 52nd minute, the Parc was treated to an insanely beautiful team goal which was finished off by Van der Wiel. Some ball juggling by Ibra and two first time volleyed passes by Di Maria and Matuidi resulted in the full-back finishing on the volley himself. Ibra’s smile in the celebrations just remonstrated his approval. It is one of the goals of the season, no doubt.
Pierrick Capelle scored a consolation shortly before ADM produced that stunner of a volley to the sheer delirium of the Parc des Princes. This was champagne football from the champions. Just an absolute joy to watch.
His second, Paris’ fifth, was just as good. It was diligent chip over the keeper following an expertly timed through ball by Matuidi. The Argentine was named Ligue 1 Player of the month for December. He stands a good chance to make it back-to-back awards for his performances during January.
The club equalled the record of 11 consecutive wins set in 2013/14. Victory over Toulouse this week will smash it!