Paris Saint-Germain started their 2016 league form just how they finished 2015, beating SC Bastia, 2-0, at the Parc des Princes on Friday night.
First-half goals from Thiago Silva and Maxwell gave them a 2-0 lead, and that’s all they needed to secure their first three points of 2016.
Bastia’s game plan was clear from the start. Ghislain Printant set his side up to play 4-4-2, with two clear banks of four set up to protect Jean-Louis Leca in goal.
Every time they got the ball back, the Corsican side looked to attack on the break, but they lacked the quality to really pressure the PSG back line.
Seko Fofana had two good chances from the edge of the box but failed to ask questions of Kevin Trapp.
Their plan worked for 29 minutes before Thiago Motta turned in Silva’s back-post header.
Laurent Blanc’s side now hold a 22-point lead at the top of the table, before the other 18 teams have a chance to play this weekend.
Here are the winners and losers from PSG’s 2-0 win over SC Bastia.