Positives and Negatives: PSG take their first big step towards domestic treble with Coupe de la Ligue victory

PSG reinforced their intentions for the rest of the season on Saturday night when they tore apart Monaco to win their fifth consecutive Coupe de la Ligue victory. Cavani and Di Maria found their ways onto the score sheet in the 3-0 victory but Kylian Mbappe was undoubtedly the orchestrator of the piece.

Positives

Kylian Mbappe laid down the foundations and buried his former team with class in Bordeaux. The dazzling young French international created the opener after dancing past the Monaco defence to win a penalty – after the intervention of VAR – which Cavani converted.

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Image by PSG.fr

The Frenchman also played a pivotal role in a blistering PSG counter attack after finding Di Maria with a perfectly executed ball that split apart the Monaco backline. It wasn’t just the goal scoring chances he created but Mbappe was at the centre of everything great about the Parisians performance; and one more moment of magic from the 19 year-old set up his Uruguayan counter part for the final touches of a near-perfect performance.

Mbappe was rewarded by receiving an 8/10 by L’Equipe and in doing so became the youngest-ever winner of the Restos de Coeur man of the match award on the night.

It was another final, and another goal for Cavani on Saturday night. El Matador cannot help but score in the big games for PSG and the two goals this weekend make him the all-time second top scorer in the competition with 14 goals.

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Dani Alves also had a good outing. He became the most decorated player in history with the Coupe de la Ligue success. With 37 titles to his name, the Brazilian full back will be looking to add the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 championship to that list by the end of the season with PSG.

Negatives

There were very few negatives to pull out from the PSG performance and fans alike. A lack of enthusiasm with no Champions League this week is a concern for the club as a whole and the wait for a new manager continues.

Away from the club, matters on the pitch offered up many talking points, none more debatable that VAR. The gap between the offence and Edi tucking away the penalty was way too substantial and there was a great deal of confusion to go with it. The technology benefitted the capital club on the night – with VAR scratching out a Monaco goal too – but many remain unconvinced and it could come back to shoot us in the foot in the future.

Player Ratings 

Trapp (6) Berchiche (6) Thiago Silva (7) Kimpembe (7) Dani Alves (6) Draxler (6) Rabiot (6) Verratti (6) Di Maria (7) Cavani (7) Mbappe (9)

Man of the Match – Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe inspired PSG to a fifth straight Coupe de la Ligue success – and a record eighth in total – without getting onto the score sheet. He let some half chances go begging in the second period but his quick movement; dazzling feet and control over the ball meant he had a hand in all three goals that won PSG the trophy at the end of the night.

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Image by @KMbappe (Twitter)

 

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