Edinson Cavani converted a crucial spot kick of Paris on Saturday to keep PSG firmly in the title race. Provisionally, Paris moved level with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 before the leaders restored their place at the top of the table with a 4-0 victory over Nantes, leaving PSG still trailing in the race for the title.
The second clash with Barcelona is not far around the corner now for Les Parisiens but a victory over strugglers Nancy was just as important for PSG this weekend. Emery blended youth with experience, and although a bold move, nearly heavily backfired when it looked as if it would be more points dropped when the game was still goalless going into the latter stages.
In the end, it was El Matador again who had to lead the team from the front when he converted a penalty won by Serge Aurier with just 10 minutes until time. Edinson Cavani’s his 27th league goal of the season came at a crucial time for Les Parisiens and the Uruguayan continues to chase down the unbelievable tally of 38 league goals set by the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimović last season.
Unai Emery’s choice to give starts to Goncalo Guedes, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Javier Pastore amongst others paid off with the win and the fact that PSG survived throughout the 90 minutes with no injuries before the trip to the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. Paris have made a good, although not completely convincing, start to a crucial month with slight victories over Niort and Nancy so far.
Final Score: PSG 1-0 Nancy
Top Performance: Kevin Trapp – Trapp has had an excellent 2017 and made some important stops to save the three points for Paris.
Next Match: Barcelona v PSG, Wednesday 8th March, 7:45pm