Yet another trophy in the bag and one of Real Madrid’s most prominent attackers has made a big money move to the French capital. It has been quite a few days for Paris Saint-Germain.
Unai Emery has continued his and the club’s recent success as his new side walloped Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 in the Trophee des Champions this past Saturday night in Austria. It was an overwhelming performance from the champions as they made use of the left-hand side on countless occasions.
We looked sharp from the get go. Our pre-season has been pretty faultless in truth and this performance was just the cherry on top.
Javier Pastore is living up that number 10 shirt he has inherited from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He not only opened the scoring with an emphatic finish but also assisted the second for Lucas Moura who will look to make the forthcoming campaign his best yet in Parisian blue.
One of our summer recruits Hatem Ben Arfa made it 3-0 just after the half hour mark. His signing could turn out to be a real shrewd piece of business. I have been impressed with his whole attitude and infectious personality since arriving at the club. His finish as well past Anthony Lopes was superb!
Layvin Kurzawa who is looking to overtake Maxwell in that left-back spot has done his chances no harm at all. He made it 4-0 on the night with a lovely composed finish but it’s his general play that has caught the eye. Max, Mr Underrated as I call him, is not getting any younger and with Emery in charge, this may be Kurzawa’s big chance to establish a first-team spot.
The biggest boost was the return of Marco Verratti who after a lengthy injury layoff made his return with 23 minutes remaining, replacing Angel di Maria. It is huge to have the Italian back and leaves us with real strength in depth within that area of the pitch.
The gaffer as a whole was delighted after the game. He believes his troops will improve but is happy with what he’s seen so far. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “I’m happy with this win and the team’s display, even if we can still improve things. The team has worked hard throughout pre-season, and we took on an extra dimension this evening. It was a difficult game. Lyon had possession, but we managed to come out on top. The league is going to be difficult, but I’m confident the team will give its best.”
If that pleased him, then the signing of Real Madrid’s Jese Rodriguez will have put a bigger smile on the Spaniard’s face. His compatriot has joined for a reported €25M.
The 23-year-old is our second biggest signing of the summer and can play either in a central attacking role or out wide. With Zlatan now lighting up Manchester, you feel Jese may be vying it out with Edinson Cavani as the main man up top. We have quality already in the wide areas so this would make sense. In either case, he is a worthy addition to the squad.
Jese said upon his arrival; “I am delighted to join Paris Saint-Germain, who have become one of Europe’s most competitive clubs. Like Paris Saint-Germain, I have big ambitions for the coming seasons and it will be a great pleasure to work under the direction of Unai Emery, who has developed an excellent reputation in Spain, and across Europe, for his quality as a coach. I can’t wait to begin this next challenge of my career.”
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi promised big changes this summer and my word have we had them. The new sporting director Patrick Kluivert also played a key role in bringing Jese to the club according to the president; “I would also like to thank Patrick Kluivert, who worked very hard to bring Jesé to the club.” he said during the unveiling yesterday.