Paris Saint-Germain have looked invincible in Ligue 1 of late. They underlined their improved strength from last season with Saturday’s 3-0 (via ESPN FC) win over Stade de Reims, the last side that beat them in a competitive match.
Lucas Moura, Jeremy Menez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic formed PSG’s front three at the Stade Auguste Delaune as Laurent Blanc rotated his side following the international break. All three found the net, but the match was not as one-sided as the score line suggests.
Salvatore Sirigu was a contender for man of the match along with Moura and Christophe Jallet; the Italian pulled off some excellent saves to keep the hosts at bay. Grzegorz Krychowiak also missed a 68th minute penalty after Marco Verratti had conceded the spot-kick for a foul on Floyd Ayite.
"There are periods when you sense that the players have mastered everything individually and are a collective force that can overcome any test." Blanc told the press after the match (h/t ESPN FC).
"It is a period that must be appreciated as a coach because there are others when it doesn't work and you can't win."
The win moves the defending champions a provisional seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and, more importantly, moves PSG to within seven league matches of FC Nantes' 32-game unbeaten record.
Blanc’s men are now 34 games unbeaten in all competitions. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins teammate Edinson Cavani and AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao on nine goals at the top of the scoring charts.
Here are six things we learned from PSG’s 3-0 win at Reims.