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There was a chance that Italian midfielder Marco Verratti was going to be the player that gave way for Frenchman Yohan Cabaye this season, but the 21-year-old has used Cabaye’s late return to training to start the season off in style.
Verratti has played all but three minutes of PSG’s season so far and has provided two assists, one of them a wonderful over-the-top pass to set up Edinson Cavani’s goal against Bastia.
Blanc will find it hard to replace the Italian at this point of the season. The French coach will hope that Verratti can continued this form into 2015 and beyond.
He may have been left out of the Italy squad for the upcoming international matches, but Thiago Motta has been going about his business for PSG this season, just as he did in the last campaign.
Apart from the goalless draw against Evian, which he missed due to the injury he suffered at the hands of Bastia striker Brandao, he has played every minute in PSG's three-man midfield this season.
Only fellow midfielder Verratti has made more passes than Motta, and the Brazil-born Italy international is an integral part of Blanc’s system. If he stays fit, he should play over 30 games this season.
After receiving an extended break this summer following the World Cup, Blaise Matuidi has only just started to return to the first-team picture.
He was brought into the midfield against Evian due to Thiago Motta’s absence, playing the full 90 minutes. Against Saint-Etienne at the Parc des Princes, Matuidi started on the bench but played the last 17 minutes.
As the weeks pass, Matuidi’s influence in the midfield will begin to grow.
It has definitely not been the ideal start to the season for Yohan Cabaye. After joining in January and playing for his country in Brazil, the midfielder was hoping to win a regular place in Blanc’s three-man midfield.
He was a used sub against Bastia, and then got his chance to start when PSG travelled to play Evian. It didn’t go according to plan.
Unable to create any real chances, the frustration crept in and Cabaye saw red for two yellow cards. He will be hoping September is a lot better than August.
One of the PSG players from the pre-Qatari era, with the wealth of options available ahead of him, it’s not surprise that Clement Chantome has only played three minutes of football this month.
Adrien Rabiot was meant to be the future of the PSG midfield, but it looks like he is set to move on before the end of the transfer window, reports Alex Richards of the Mirror.
A mixture of transfer rumours and a foot injury has stopped Rabiot playing any minutes this season, and it seems like it is his mother who is forcing a move away from the Parisian capital, as described by Jonathan Johnson on BeIN Sport.