Paris Saint-Germain vs. Reims: 6 Things We Learned

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Paris Saint-Germain vs. Reims: 6 Things We Learned
Francois Mori

Paris Saint-Germain moved a provisional 16 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with a straightforward, if flattering, 3-0 win over Stade de Reims.

The French champions were not at their best, but with a 3-1 lead to protect in the second leg of their UEFA Champions league quarter-final encounter with Chelsea next week, it was no surprise.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc made major changes to the side that dispatched Jose Mourinho’s men 3-1 at the Parc des Princes three days earlier, but the result was still the same.

Thorough domination and a comprehensive scoreline followed, once again illustrating the gulf in class between PSG and the rest of the domestic competition in France. 

Edinson Cavani ended a 499-minute goal drought across all competitions with a simple—but important—tap-in, before a pair of own goals from the unlucky Aissa Mandi completed the scoring.

Blanc was satisfied by what he saw, but should be more delighted with the sixth consecutive Ligue 1 clean sheet kept by Salvatore Sirigu. The comprehensive scoreline moves the defending champions 16 points clear as they take one step closer to a second consecutive Championnat title. 

"I am satisfied with the result and the mindset displayed by the players, even if some of them are lacking game time," he revealed after the final whistle. "It was a good match. We scored three goals and could rest some players and play our youngsters."

"We will enjoy this win before preparing for Chelsea on Sunday. A match before the Champions League is never easy to prepare for. It is never easy to have the right mindset."

"The goal is to garner maximum points in the league so that our competitors cannot catch up. We will be champions, but not quite yet. You cannot predict when."

Here are six things we learned from PSG 3-0 Reims.

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