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I agree with you about the goal difference, it is becoming more of an important factor and 8 goals (the current gap) is a significant one. PSG have the ability to wipe that out between now and the end of the season, but must stop conceding silly goals (Toulouse was a perfect example) in order for that to happen. PSG have not been able to win games by large margins as often this season as they did last, but the overall picture is brighter (success still possible on 4 fronts). Despite last weekend's 1-0 win over Nantes, Lyon are slowing down and now face 3 straight away games.
This is a big chance for PSG. They could also win big at home to Lens (with all due respect to RCL, they should be doing so). However, GD will only really matter if PSG and Lyon remain close in the standings. I think we will know more about OL's serious chances after this run of away games & PSG's clash with Monaco.
Regarding JP over Motta, I totally agree. For me, Motta offers little to nothing now for PSG. Zero mobility, less of a metronomic influence with his passes and not even that much of a physical threat/intimidating presence. Everything that made Motta great and difficult to play against appears to have declined this season. It is disappointing. My theory (something that I will write on in the coming weeks) is that Motta's decline is the reason for many of the issues that have contributed to PSG's overall laboured performances so far. He has affected key players like Matuidi and Zlatan, stopping them from being as effective as they were last season. His demise has stifled PSG's midfield creativity and the only solution to that is bringing Pastore into the middle permanently.
I would prefer to see JP in his No. 10 position, but that will not happen while Zlatan is around. I certainly agree, though, that if PSG want to score enough goals away at Chelsea, then they need Pastore on from the start. Your idea to see Pastore start and then Motta come on later to shore things up is a sensible one. Hopefully it is ultimately what Blanc goes with.
If Pastore can produce a moment of magic like his one against Toulouse, it can unlock any defence. I would even go as far as saying that Chelsea's back line (vulnerable in the first leg against PSG) would be susceptible to el Flaco's charm.