Paris Saint-Germain are used to breaking records but this latest feat is one of the more impressive. Last nights 3-1 victory over Lorient means that we overtake Nantes’ 21-year record of 32 Ligue 1 games unbeaten. Les Parisiens have etched their name in the history books to cement a stat that will stand the test of time, especially if the team are to go the rest of the season unbeaten. FCL gave the hosts a scare or two but in the end, the champions prevailed.
Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Layvin Kurzawa and a much needed one by Edinson Cavani ensured a 33rd straight league game unbeaten. ‘El Matador’, Cavani, has lost his place in recent weeks to Lucas Moura but coach Laurent Blanc rested key personnel last night. Edi and Jean-Kevin Augustin were the supporting cast for Ibrahimovic. Blaise Matuidi and Angel di Maria started on the bench. Maxwell and David Luiz were also dropped to the bench with the latter just returning from a minor knee injury. And Thiago Silva returned which was great to see after a few weeks out; partnering Marquinhos in the heart of the defence.
The opening goal came after just six minutes via Cavani. The through ball by Ibra was exquisite but also the movement and then the subsequent finish from his teammate was just as good. He needed that goal after weeks of tribulation. The fans have seemingly lost patience but more worryingly for him, as has the coach. Not in a volatile sense but down to the form of Lucas who is giving us some dynamism down the left-hand side. The Brazilian usually plays second fiddle but at this moment in time, he is undoubtedly ahead of the number 9. But, the reaction of his colleagues told the story as soon as the ball rustled the net. The vast majority embraced him in the celebrations showing the unity in the squad.
The equaliser from the visitors was a well-orchestrated goal and completely bamboozled the Parisian defence. Abdul Waris’ diligent back heel into the path of Raphael Guerreiro caught us unawares and the Portuguese produced a lovely finish that gave Kevin Trapp co chance.
We had to battle from there on in against a resolute FCL side. Ibra made it 2-1 shortly after the break thanks to a lovely ball from the left by Kurzawa. It was ever so similar to his goal against Saint-Etienne but from the opposite flank.
Kurzawa ensured matters with the ick of the goals. The ball fell kindly to him on his left foot to rifle past Benjamin Lecomte on the volley. That is now three goals for him in Parisian blue.
Although Blanc was happy with the win, he felt the performance was a little off. As quotes by the club’s official site he said after the game; “It wasn’t a great match, but we made a lot of changes from the side that played against Saint-Etienne and the players are starting to feel the fatigue. Despite that, I think we deserved to win. We won, and we set a new record for 33 matches without defeat, but we will have to improve for the upcoming matches.”
Next up, bragging rights are on the line. The classique on Sunday against Marseille!