Guest writer Stephen Brandt gives an insight into Paris Saint-Germain’s emphatic win last night over Leicester City.
Los Angeles – In their final pre-season match before the Trophee des Champions next week, PSG hammered English Champions Leicester City 4-0 on Saturday night.
Edinson Cavani dispatched a penalty in the 26th minute after Foxes midfielder Daniel Amartey fouled impressive youngster Jonathan Ikone in the box. Cavani has had a busy but down off-season – with his national side imploding in July – and is looking to come good. That goal will have given his confidence a boost.
In the dying embers of the first-half, Jonathan Ikone scored a goal thanks to an assist from Thomas Meunier.
Unlike his counterpart, Unai Emery waited until the 61st before making any substitutions. This included the introduction of big money signing Grzegorz Krychowiak who made his first appearance in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt.
In the 64th minute Lucas Moura made it 3-0 thanks to a ball in from Maxwell; a goal made in Brazil. Then teenager Odsonne Edouard wrapped things up minutes from time, as he capitalised on a pass from Lorenzo Callegari. The youngster slotted the ball in the corner of the goal to make the game 4-0.
It’s worth noting that Angel Di Maria had an impressive match as he peppered the LCFC goal with strikes, and setting up his teammates too.
To say that PSG dominated in every aspect of the match is an understatement. Les Parisiens had 14 shots to Leicester’s 12 with target six on target, compared to their four. Then there were the territorial statistics as Emery’s men conjured up 645 passes as the Premier League champions managed just 308.
Next up, a rendezvous with Olympique Lyoannais.
I’m Stephen Brandt of Yellowcard Podcast on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ycp. We are an American Podcast on Tuesday’s at 7 to 9 pm EST, and we are on Itunes. The podcast was listed by Major League Soccer as one of the 50 podcasts in America you have to listen to. You can get ahold of the podcast on twitter @yellowcardpod or even myself @yellowcardscb. Likewise, my writing has been featured all over the world, I’m also a staff writer at World Soccer Talk, and have written many articles on the history of the sport in the States, Europe, and Brazil.