Paris Saint-Germain are the champions for a fourth consecutive year! Laurent Blanc’s men were ruthless, efficient and a class above their opponents on a crisp, sunny day in Troyes. PSG sides in seasons gone by would have more than likely laboured to a 0-0 draw; not this team! And as a result they make history be sealing the earliest league title of any club within Europe’s top leagues, succeeding Bayern Munich of Germany.
Goals from Edinson Cavani x2, Adrien Rabiot, Javier Pastore, an own goal and four from Zlatan Ibrahimovic resulted in our biggest ever league victory.
As expected Laurent Blanc made his customary changes. With Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi absent in came Benjamin Stambouli, Pastore and Rabiot kept his place after starting against Chelsea. Cavani came in for Lucas to support Angel di Maria and Zlatan up top.
ESTAC started bright in truth. Jean was an early threat from the left-hand side and his pull back for an unmarked Fabien Camus was shot wide by the Tunisian.
It did not take us long to respond but we were gifted the opener by Matthieu Saunier whose dillydallied play at the back resulted in Cavani latching onto the ball before having two bites of the cherry. Goalkeeper Matthieu Dreyer saved the initial effort but could little else on the rebound.
The next came via Pastore. This was PSG at their best, an absolute peach of a goal. David Luiz won possession before Ibra played it into the path of Pastore with a diligent back heel and the Argentine did the rest. Strength, desire and the audacity to dink the ball over Dreyer to the sheer delirium of the PSG support.
I said earlier this week that JP’s season starts now after his injury woes. Makes you wonder what he could have done had he not been so plagued by these niggles. Great to see him back!
Then the third and final goal of the half came from Rabiot. That is two in two now for the Frenchman. He profited from a rebound after Cavani’s shot was saved by Dreyer.
After the interval, it took us just 21-seconds to make it 0-4. Again, the hosts with an unforgivable mistake by giving the ball away, Cavni profited and find Ibrahimovic who finished with ease. Too easy.
Then the big man hit a century of Ligue 1 goals with a kung-fu style finish via an Angel di Maria cross which was expertly placed. Fitting that our two stars of the season were involved. As they were for the sixth as Ibra completed his hat-trick with a gorgeous finish from distance.
Poor Troyes’ misery was epitomised as Saubier ended up putting into his own net. Even Ibra patted the defender on the back as a show of sympathy for the strugglers.
If it could get any worse, it did. The hosts conceded a penalty resulting in substitute Lossemy Karaboue being sent off. Up stepped Cavani – Ibra letting is mate take it – but Dreyer saved. Unfortunately for the Frenchman it fell into the path of the striker to net the rebound.
Zlatan would make it 9-0, bag his fourth and round off an incredible day for the football club. Made by Pastore on the counter and finished by the Swede.
That capped off a landmark day for Paris. Wrapping the title up in March? It beggars belief. But, how sweet does it feel! Very sweet.