PSG Continues to Be Collection of Individuals Rather Than a Team
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Despite what the scoreline suggests, Paris Saint-Germain's performance against Troyes was not a strong one. PSG played a very erratic game that resulted in a 4-0 win for the Parisians.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was once again the offense. The great ponytail netted two and assisted on the other two. Even with the impressive stats, Ibrahimovic seemed to pick the spots where he wanted to put forth the effort.
It appears Ibra is aware that he can turn it on when he needs to in order to give the team what it needs. He still needs to get the ball to perform his magic, and the blame for the lack of service he at time receives falls at the feet of his mates.
Lavezzi has seemed more active in recent weeks, which is a welcome sign, but at times he still seems heavy on his first touch. Incorporating his abilities will help offset the disappearance of Javier Pastore.
PSG fans have to be wondering what is going on with Javier Pastore.
He has limitless ability on the ball but has been struggling with form this season. This was again the case against Troyes as he continued his struggle to find his place.
A player of his caliber (and price tag) needs to be making an impact.
Pastore has made little impact at this point in the season. His form has to concern Ancelotti and his training staff.
Outside of the enigmatic Ibra, Blaise Matuidi has been a consistent force in the midfield. His ability to win the ball and his endless hustle have been one of the few consistent bright spots for PSG. The former Saint-Etienne midfielder has been a box-to-box force.
PSG continues to win on individual talent; it currently has them at the top of the table on point differential with Marseille.
For PSG to beat Marseille, Lyon and others to the finish line, their individual talent must mesh together into a cohesive unit. Their talent can give them lopsided victories against the likes of Troyes, but as we have seen in the past few weeks, it does not guarantee points against mid- to top-level clubs.
PSG is still the team to beat, but the longer they play as individuals, the better chance their adversaries in Ligue 1 have of repeating Montpellier's feat from last year.
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