Paris Saint-Germain’s hard-fought 1-0 win over FC Lorient on Friday moves the French champions 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 once again and brings a second successive title ever closer to the side from the capital.
Laurent Blanc’s men were far from at their brilliant best, but coped well with an awkward synthetic pitch at the Stade du Moustoir and took one of a small handful of chances to maximise their lead at the summit of Le Championnat.
3 - Thiago Motta has scored his 3rd goal this season in Ligue 1, his personal best in a Ligue 1 season. Essential.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 21, 2014
Thiago Motta netted the only goal of the game, his third of the season, but it was all thanks to a bit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic magic. The Swede was involved heavily in the build-up play and, although he might not receive the assists for the scrappy finish, was by all means the architect of PSG's solitary strike.
With the Parisians drawn to face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals earlier in the day, Blanc’s men can be excused somewhat for losing their focus ahead of the game. But they showed grit and determination to see out the win in the face of spirited opposition.
4 - Paris SG have kept a clean sheet in their last four games in Ligue 1, their best run this season. Rock.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 21, 2014
Captain Thiago Silva was substituted in the first half with a head injury and Blanc will be concerned about that, but on the whole, Le President could have few complaints as his side left Brittany with three valuable points and an impressive fourth consecutive clean sheet.
"I don't think we stole the win here. It's true that we weren't as good as usual and that was down to the way Lorient played," he revealed after the game. "They were dangerous in two or three phases of the game and it was a difficult game."
"We knew it would be because clubs like Monaco have dropped points here. We can't expect to win every game three, four or five-nil. We got the win though and I need to congratulate my players, even if they weren't extraordinary here."
Here are six things we learned from PSG’s 1-0 win over Lorient.