On Saturday afternoon, Paris hosted a struggling Nantes team to the Parc Des Princes and, although not spectacular, they bagged the three points. The win was equally impressive as Unai Emery was able to rotate the squad and still get a good quality performance from his team ahead of a crucial week for Paris.
PSG started the game with several changes from the 4-0 win over Rennes before the international break. Paris youngster and France U21 star, Jean Kevin Augustin lead the front line and Presnel Kimpembe was given another chance to impress at the back ahead of Thiago Silva who had come off the back of a giant round trip to Brazil and back. However, regular starters like Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti made it into the starting XI.
It didn’t take long for Paris to create the first chance of the match and it wasn’t long after that they broke the deadlock. Following nice build up play, Matuidi fed the ball through to Augustin whose attempt to get the ball back onto his right foot failed but it fortunately fell to the feet for Angel Di Maria who stroked it nicely into the bottom corner. The Argentine finally got off the mark in Ligue 1 after having a lot of bad fortune so far this season. However, Di Maria was taken off in the 36′ minute following what looked like a hamstring injury. A big blow ahead of the Arsenal match in midweek but Emery came out after the match and said the change was a “precaution” and it wasn’t too serious.
The first half ended 1-0 to the hosts and it was thanks to three crucial saves by Kevin Trapp, who is looking to reclaim his first team place. The second period continued with the same pattern but Paris created very few chances. the only stand out chance was when Blaise Matuidi struck the post. But PSG did double their lead right at the end pf the game when Pastore, who looked extremely lively after coming on, was brought down and Jese stepped up and slotted home his first goal for Paris Saint Germain and sealed comfortable 2-0 win.
A good start to a big week for Paris as they head to London for a fierce match against Arsenal which will likely determine weather Paris get an ‘easy’ draw in the round of 16 or a much harder one. After that they travel to Lyon, one of only two teams that was able to beat Les Parisians in the whole of last years campaign. Two significant matches that PSG need to overcome if they want to better on their achievements last season.
Final Score: PSG 2-0 Nantes
Top Performance: Kevin Trapp – The competition for the number one spot has just become even more tighter with a high quality performance from the German. He made three big saves, including a partially special acrobatic save, in the first half to keep the score 1-0.
Next Match: Arsenal v PSG, Wednesday 23rd November, 7:45pm