It’s not often that a team can boast two victories – and reasonably comfortable ones too – against their biggest rivals in one week. Paris Saint Germain did just that this week when they followed up their 3-0 win over Marseille on the weekend by thrashing them once again in front of the Parc on Wednesday night to advance into the semi finals of the Coupe de France.
The results speak for themselves for Unai Emery’s men. A disappointing result in the Bernabeu has moved to the back of Parisien minds after two excellent results against their Southern rivals. Marseille could do nothing to stop a rampant Paris side on Sunday night in Ligue 1 and the Classico double was complete when they put themselves in pole position to win another Coupe de France.
PSG’s victories were both spearheaded by Edinson Cavani who bagged the third goals in both wins. The emotion of PSG’s all time top scorer spilled over the top on Sunday after his incredible first touch and finish into the back of Pele’s net.
Angel Di Maria also put in a world class performance last night. The Argentine has big foots to fill with Neymar’s absence and he made it onto the score sheet twice with a little help of deflections. El Fideo has a lot to do in the coming months to fill the £200 million void in the team but performances like that will go a long to restoring Di Maria as firm fan favourite in the capital.
The Classico double did come at a cost with talisman Neymar set to miss the next couple of months with a bad looking injury; including the Real Madrid return leg in weeks time. PSG’s CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has decided to remain optimistic in this time of need and still fancies his sides chances of progressing in the last eight of the Champions League.
Di Maria and Draxler look like the obvious candidates to take the Brazilians starting spot, with Emery giving the edge to the Argentine as it stands.
Kylian Mbappe also went off a half time on Wednesday night but he looked fine at the final whistle and shouldn’t be an injury concern going forward.
What’s up next?
PSG travel to Troyes on Saturday afternoon in Ligue 1, where Emery will look to rotate the starting side before the visit of Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Pastore will be one name in with a shout for a start after coming off the bench in the cup game. Emery will also have to decide who he will start in the Champions League tie: Lassana Diarra or Giovanni Lo Celso.