Paris Saint-Germain managed a narrow 2-1 win over AC Ajaccio at the Stade Francois Coty on Saturday, taking the defending champions five points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
AS Monaco’s 1-1 draw with Montpellier HSC on Friday presented Laurent Blanc’s side with the perfect opportunity to extend their lead atop Le Championnat, but for a while it looked as if they would fail (full match report via ESPN FC).
Eduardo gave hosts Ajaccio a sixth-minute lead, before Ezequiel Lavezzi managed to pull PSG back on level terms shortly before halftime.
With 16 minutes remaining, Blaise Matuidi’s dive header secured the league leaders three points, but it was by no means a convincing performance.
However, PSG coach Blanc was satisfied with the result, even though he felt the performance left a lot to be desired following his team's Coupe de France exploits (h/t ESPN FC):
"It was a very bad start. We were aware that it was a tough match, we had to try and make it as easy as we did in the Coupe de France."
"We were a little tired from Wednesday, so that may be why we were a little slow to start."
"Even though it was a laborious match, we had 71 per cent of possession. What bothered me is that, with every Ajaccio attack, we looked agitated."
"These matches are difficult for everyone. There was a short break, our bodies and minds must get back into the competition."
Here are six things we learned from PSG’s narrow 2-1 win over Ajaccio.