Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Pastore is PSG's Brest man

(Joke shamelessly nicked from @_bobeto_)

Isn’t Opta great?

I mean how else would lazy folk like me notice statistics like the following, posted earlier today by @OptaJean on Twitter:

5 - Javier Pastore has delivered four assists and scored one goal in his first
five competitive appearances for Paris SG. Flaco.

Flaco indeed, though the PSG’s points total is looking considerably less skinny after three successive wins, the latest of which came courtesy of Pastore’s goal against Brest at the Parc last night.

By all accounts it wasn’t the most fluid performance from the Rouges et Bleus, but AK understandably didn’t care too much.

“It's very satisfying. It's the first time since I came to the club that we've won three in a row and it's also our first clean sheet for the season,” he said.

“Brest were, along with Lyon, the only undefeated team in the league. So it's satisfying even though there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We have a lot of talent in the squad that needs to be harnessed for the good of the team - for example, we saw Kévin Gameiro make lots of runs tonight but not get as much of the ball as I would have liked.”

Work to be done then Kombouare and his coaches, though his Brest counterpart Alex Dupont was probably not too chuffed with the defending that led to Pastore’s goal. Four defenders converged on the rampaging Menez, leaving Pastore and two team-mates unmarked on the edge of the box. When the ball was passed to the Argentine, he stepped inside a challenge before dinking a shot over the keeper.

Pastore himself said, in typically bland footballer fashion, that he’s happy with the progress the team is making.

“We have a good team but need to keep working,” he said. “The goal is to finish as high as possible and play a leading role [in the title race]“What we want most is to be champions. Paris is a great club and should be at the top.”

Amen to that.

Ligue 1 results
Saturday September 10
Ajaccio 3-1 Valenciennes, Bordeaux 0-0 Evian, Caen 0-1 Toulouse, Dijon 1-2 Lyon, St Etienne 1-3 Lille, Sochaux 1-1 Lorient, Marseille 0-1 Rennes.
Sunday September 11
Montepellier 1-0 Nice, Nancy 0-0 Auxerre, PSG 1-0 Brest.


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