Paris Saint-Germain equalled and smashed their own records last Friday night at home to Rennes.
The 4-0 win will largely be remembered for Maxwell’s – aka Mr Underrated as I like to call him – for a sublime solo goal. It is fitting for a player who looks to be playing his final few games for the club ahead of his summer departure, to produce such a moment.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped himself to a brace and Edinson Cavani netted a much-needed goal to wrap things up. Both strikers would hit landmarks with those particular strikes, much like the club itself.
The biggest and most pleasing aspect was equalling the Ligue 1 points record of 89 that we set last season. It was a big deal for the coach Laurent Blanc to beat Lyon’s record of 84 (2005/06) in 2014, which we did and bettered by five points. The victory over Rennes has equalled that with three games to go as we look to hit the 90+ mark.
Blanc was delighted with that as his troops look to break the record this weekend versus Gazalec Ajaccio. As quoted by the club’s official site, he said after the win; “Equalling the record of 89 points in the season proves that we have been consistent from start to finish. We now have three matches left to break this record, and I hope we do. The team has again shown that it is motivated and disciplined. The players played very well. I’m very happy. We could see the pleasure of playing together. This victory is the best answer to the criticism we heard this week.”
Another record the club broke was for the number of wins. The previous stood at 27 prior to last week’s game. Once again, that came in the 2013/14 campaign. In conjunction with that, the 130 goals we have scored is a landmark and marks the fourth consecutive season we have surpassed a century of goals.
As I alluded to, Cavani and Zlatan hit milestones of their own. Edi Cavani netted his 50th league goal in Parisian blue as ibra made it 150 goals in all competitions in just 176 games.