PSG: Thoughts from the Evian Match
Paris Saint-Germain returned to Ligue 1 action against Evian this weekend. Following their midweek Champions League triumph over Porto, PSG were looking to carry their European form over to the domestic front.
The following is what can be taken from their 4-0 triumph as several players were heavily involved in the action.
Javier Pastore Was Once Again Impressive
The one performance that stood out against Porto the most was Javier Pastore's. The question was whether he would carry over the same energy into the Evian game.
The answer was an emphatic yes. Pastore was a constant presence in this game. He was heavily involved and put a lot of pressure on Evian's defensive third through passes and runs.
Two stellar games in a row for the Argentinian is a good start to putting to bed his early-season troubles. He still needs to string together more of these performances, but the last two games have been very good from the playmaker.
Lavezzi Is Beginning to Find His Grove
I have written before about Ezequie Lavezzi's early-season woes and how his touch seemed heavy. This was reducing his effectiveness in the final third.
Over the last few weeks, his first touch has been better and it has shown in his recent ability to convert chances. He is also showing a better understanding with his teammates during recent performances.
This is a good sign for PSG. If both Lavezzi and Pastore continue to be effective in the final third, the PSG attack will be overpowering for their Ligue 1 foes.
Ibrahimovic Is Playing Team Ball
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ability is well known. There have been times in his career when he has been viewed as a selfish player.
It is easy to understand how a player of his caliber would take it upon his shoulders to try to carry a team. While there are still times when Ibra goes solo in this manner, to his credit he has been playing multiple roles for PSG.
Ibrahimovic has been very effective coming to receive the ball in a deeper position and then distributing. This has opened up opportunities for his teammates and made him nearly impossible to keep in check.
This has allowed PSG to spread the wealth, so to speak. Ibra is still getting his looks, but the constant threat of setting up teammates is making PSG's attack even tougher.
Ancelotti Needed This Week
With all the buzz surrounding Carlo Ancelotti being shown the exit door last weekend, PSG put together two solid performances. The Porto and Evian victories eased the pressure on Ancelotti, but he is far from out of the woods.
The Porto win was against a top quality side, but Evian will not be considered a quality win. There have been too many slips domestically against lesser squads.
Ancelotti's men must leave no doubts when playing the bottom half teams of Ligue 1. They must not play down to the competition. If they continue to do so, Ancelotti's days in Paris will be numbered.