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Even though Paris have spent approximately the equivalent of the construction of the Eiffel Tower on elite, top-class talent, this performance demonstrated that they are also building for the future.
As well as the aforementioned Lucas, who only recently turned 21, their team also featured a number of other developing talent this evening.
Having acquired Lucas Digne at great expense earlier in the summer, it is good to see him get game time. There were fears that moving to a major club too soon in his career might lead to stagnation, but the departures of Siaka Tiene and Mamadou Sakho will give him greater opportunities to impress. Evenings like this one will help him heap the pressure on Maxwell.
Elsewhere, Marco Verratti continues to develop into an excellent talent. His partnership with Blaise Matuidi in the heart of the park shows fine signs of maturation—the pair share some of the hallmarks of the Pirlo/Gattuso pivot that served Milan and Italy so finely.
Finally, young forward Hervin Ongenda made his first start for the club and looked bright and courageous. The diminutive forward has represented France at various youth levels, and although further opportunities will be hard to come by this term, he will look to have a long career in the capital.