Lucas Moura inspired a young Paris Saint-Germain side to a 2-0 win away at Guingamp on Saturday afternoon. With a host of first-team players all left in Paris ahead of the Manchester City game, the lads still managed to rack up the points at the Stade du Roudourou.
The front three of Lucas, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Hervin Ongenda epitomised the youthful exuberance. Not to mention, Christopher Nkunku starting his first away game in central midfield alongside Benjamin Stambouli and Blaise Matuidi who is suspended for the City game.
It was the youngest starting-XI for a quarter of a century for PSG and they certainly held their own. The first-half though was largely uneventful but we were dealt a blow when Kevin Trapp had to come off at half-time. The German collided with Layvin Kurzawa with both having to receive treatment. Kurzawa was left with a bloodied nose but was able to continue. Trapp on the other hand had to be substituted and is a major doubt for the flight to Manchester.
That was the only real blemish from our point of view during the 90. Lucas was able to put us in front from the spot shortly after the break. It was young Nkunku who won the spot-kick and Lucas dually obliged.
Kurzawa – wounded and all – set up the Brazilian to complete his brace 20 minutes from time and cap off an efficient display from the champions.
In the dying embers Laurent Blanc brought on Kevin Rimane and Yakou Meite to make their Parisian debuts.
Blanc was buoyed by the victory ahead of the season defining clash with City on Tuesday. As quoted by the club’s official site LB said; “It was a very difficult match, in between two Champions League matches. It gave us the opportunity to play some our young players, rest others, and still win. So it was a very good afternoon. The players had the perfect attitude today so I’m very happy. Now, we have to get back to Paris and prepare for the match against Manchester City, because we need to win that one too!”