A 2-2 draw at home to the league leaders after being 2-0 down might not seem a bad scoreline but the reigning champions carry a heavy weight of expectations from the fans and owners alike and are still a considerable margin off of the top of the table following the draw at home to Nice.
The first half couldn’t have been any more unfair to Les Parisiens who dominated the possession and the number of chances created, but like previous games against Montpellier and Ludogorets, PSG just couldn’t put them away and found themselves 2-0 down at the break. A superb free kick flew past Alfonse Areola for the visitors forts goal and Plea was handed their second by a catastrophic error from the two ‘experienced’ Brazilian centre backs. A goal that the Parisian fans have become used to seeing in recent Performances, possibly demanding a change at the back from Emery in the January transfer window.
A lot of praise must be given to Unai Emery for the brilliant second half performance from PSG however. It only took 55 seconds for Aurier to brake down the right like he had done very effectively during the first half and find Edinson Cavani in the middle to get PSG back into the game. Then PSG were handed a stroke of luck to get the game back level when Cardinale couldn’t beat the ball away and Cavani was in the right place at the right time yet again to make it 2-2.
The game ended as a stalemate between two of the leagues bets teams at the moment and PSG certainly have the right to feel upbeat from their comeback, despite still having to play catch up on Nice and Monaco. Firstly, Edinson Cavani has another brilliant day in front of goal. He scored another brace, living him further up the standings for the golden boot race in Ligue 1 now, with an outstanding 16 goals in 17 game weeks so far. However on the down side, El Matador missed a massive opportunity just before the visitors second goal which was a chance, that in some respects, could of cost them the three points.
Another positive that PSG can take away with form the game against the league leaders is the return of Marco Verratti and the form of both full backs. In particular, Serge Aurier caused mayhem throughout the 90 minutes with his attacking runs down the right and in behind his opposing full back. Although his crossed were not exactly world class, the added threat form his and Kurzawa is a treat for Emery to have going into 2017 and its no wonder when seeing this performance that Serge Aurier was named Ivory Coast’s player of the year last week!
In the end, PSG remain in third place, 4 points behind the league leaders and with a promising run of fixtures in the near future, Paris can put this dreadful week behind them and attempt to gather a good run of results going into the new year, staring with a Coupe De la Ligue fixture against Lille on Wednesday night.
Final Score: PSG 2-2 Nice
Top Performance: Serge Aurier – Ivory Coast’s player of the year was immense going forward down the right hand side, creating several chance soft teammates and earn himself a crucial assist for Cavani right at the start of the second half.
Next Match: PSG v Lille, Wednesday 14th December, 8:05pm