Three games, three wins. Unai Emery’s start as Paris Saint-Germain’s head coach has been pretty impressive.
The back-to-back 3-1 victories over Internazionale and Real Madrid in the States epitomise just how well the team are being prepped for the forthcoming campaign as we gear up for a date with Olympique Lyonnais in the Trophee des Champion next month.
Our new Spanish coach is utilising his squad, as did Laurent Blanc during his three-year tenure in the summer months. It is always welcomed to see the youngsters getting a chance and I have been particularly impressed with 18-year-old Lorenzo Callegari who has played every minute of each game thus far. You can see a bit of Marco Verratti in the kid and Emery is clearly a fan of what he has seen during his first few weeks in charge.
Then there is Presnel Kimpembe who looks to be a key member of the squad in the centre of defence along with the skipper Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Marquinhos.
Jonathan Ikone, who signed his first professional contract back in June, is another starlet making a statement. His goal within the first few minutes against Real was expertly taken for a lad of his age as he ghosted his way through the Madrid defence. It certainly set the tone for the French champions.
We were dealt a blow when the skipper TS had to come off after a collision but his replacement Thomas Meunier announced himself to the Parisian support with an impressive brace.
His first was an absolute rocket from distance that wowed the packed out crowd in Ohio. His second had a hint of good fortune but fully deserved nevertheless.
The gaffer was delighted post-match. He is seeing his methods being carried out by the players on the pitch. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “We are very happy about the results, even if that’s not the most important thing, but it’s very good for team confidence. I’m happy from a tactical point of view, because the players followed my instructions. They’re following on from what we’re practicing in training and that’s a good thing. Those who have played in matches so far have done a good job.”
In other news, one of the summer’s worst kept secrets came to fruition as we concluded the deal for young Argentine Giovani Lo Celso from Rosario Central.
He will go back to the club on loan until the 31st December before joining up with his new teammates after the winter break.
The 20-year-old who has arrived for around €14m told the club’s official site; “I’m very happy; the people have welcomed me very warmly. My first impression is a good one – it’s a magnificent city. I know Paris Saint-Germain’s reputation as a high-level club, a top-drawer team. Here you can prepare yourself in the best possible way.”