Paris Saint-Germain broke Valenciennes’ hearts on Valentine’s Day with a 3-0 win at the Parc des Princes. The victory moves the French champions a provisional eight points clear of title rivals AS Monaco at the top of the pile, while deepening VAFC’s woes toward the bottom of it.
Goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as an own goal from Gary Kagelmacher, decided the game in the hosts’ favour.
7 - This is Paris SG's seventh win by 3+ goals in Ligue 1 this season, the most ahead Monaco (3 wins). Margin.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 14, 2014
The Parisians made a host of alterations to the team, as is their custom in games prior to UEFA Champions League encounters, but it did not upset the league leaders who secured a straightforward win.
Laurent Blanc was happy with his side’s domination of possession being reflected in the final result, something that has not happened too often lately.
However, he also revealed post-match that there is still some room for improvement from PSG before choosing to single out Yohan Cabaye for praise on his first start for the capital club:
That's the way we wanted the match to go but you still have to go out and perform. The second and third goals allowed us to take off some key players and give them a rest ahead of the Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
The dress rehearsal involved winning the game and the players put Leverkusen to one side and did the job.
We had chances that we didn't take and we could have been more clinical in front of goal, although scoring three goals and not conceding isn't bad.
I'm pleased with all the team and Yohan Cabaye is starting to adapt and fit into the mould.
The pressure is now on title rivals Monaco, who travel to Corsica to face SC Bastia on Saturday, while PSG can focus firmly on Tuesday's clash in Germany.
Here are six things we learned from PSG 3-0 Valenciennes.