Neymar was ineligible for the Ligue 1 opener but Paris Saint Germain had more than enough to see of newly promoted Amiens 2-0 in front of an electric atmosphere at the Parc Des Princes.
Before kick off Neymar was presented in front of the Parc for the first time and he got a memorable reception from the Paris fans who, like myself, have taken the world’s most expensive player straight to their heart.
Edinson Cavani – who bagged an impressive 49 goals in only 50 games in all competitions last season – opened his account late on in the first half with a cool, collected finish following a Dani Alves cross from the right. A finish which received a standing ovation from Neymar himself watching on from the stands.
PSG barely moved out of second gear throughout the 90 minutes. The customary controlled approach proved effective once again but didn’t make for the most compelling of encounters. Javier Pastore doubled the host’s lead with 10 minutes to go off the back of a nice, following move which sealed the three points and a perfect start to the season.
PSG’s star man throughout the 2016/17 season may be being overshadowed in France due to the introduction of Neymar in the capital but Cavani delivered once again in the way he knows best: scoring goals.
Not only did ‘El Matador’ ease any tension inside the Parc with a well taken strike before the break, he looked by far the most lively player in blue and was a constant threat to the Amiens strong back line and came away with a goal and an assist to show for it.
It may only be Dani Alves’ second game for the capital club since arriving in the summer but the Brazilian certainly has hit the ground running. A man of the match performance against Monaco was followed by another wonderful display in his first game in front of the Parc.
Stepping in for the ill Thomas Meunier and reverting back to a more natural full back position; Dani Alves opened his account of assists with a splendid cross for Cavani’s opener and was full of energy on the right wing, and other than a tough coming together with the opposition late on, had a near perfect outing in Paris.
Angel Di Maria
When rumours are swirling about your starting spot and you have the ideal opportunity to prove your worth to your side, Di Maria was the perfect example of how not to go about proving any doubters wrong.
In a simple sentence: Di Maria had a shocker. The man nicknamed ‘El Fideo’ passed up several opportunities that fell his way and was careless in possession. After receiving a lot of stick from fans Unai Emery may have to consider his options once Neymar is available and Julian Draxler is fully fit.
Check out the best images of Neymar’s “magical” unveiling in front of the Paris faithful…
Final Score: PSG 2-0 Amiens
Next Match: Guingamp v PSG, Sunday 13th August, 8:00pm*