Paris Saint-Germain got off to a winning start last Friday night in the opening match of the Ligue 1 season.
In a far from vintage performance, Les Parisiens came out on top by just the solitary goal thanks to an unlikely scorer.
Full-back Layvin Kurzawa netted 15 minutes from time away to Bastia to get Unai Emery off to a flyer in his first league game in charge.
The game was far from a classic. This PSG team is in a transitional period due to the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and that was evident with Hatem Ben Arfa filling the void up top.
Emery’s 4-2-3-1 was in motion as Javier Pastore played just behind HBA with Lucas Moura and Angel di Maria unsurprisingly providing the width.
Mr Underrated himself Maxwell found himself on the bench and that will come as no surprise with Kurzawa now looking to establish a long-term spot in the starting-XI.
Adorning the all-new red strip, PSG dominated possession but did show a few jittery moments, particularly when Enzo Crivelli squandered an absolute sitter in the first-half. Had that gone in, we may have been discussing a completely different result.
We got into our stride slowly but surely but it was the introduction of our new boy Jese that swung the pendulum in our favour. His link-up play with the likes of Serge Aurier and Di Maria in particular shone through. And the Spaniard was integral in the goal as his saved shot bounced into the path of Kurzawa to tuck past Jean Leca.
The new gaffer was undoubtedly happy with the outcome. As quoted by the club’s officials site, he said; “We’re very happy to have won. The context of the game made things difficult, with a lot of pressure from our opponents and the fans. We played well, particularly in the second half even if there are several things that need improving, things I saw in the first half. That said, the three points will give us confidence. I’m happy with the work put in, the tactical work we have done and very happy with the way the players who came off the bench adapted.”
Next up, Metz on Sunday night at the Parc des Princes.