Monday, 26 September 2011

PSG gallop on after Montpellier win

Last week a magic square, this week a race-horse. PSG keep winning and the slightly dodgy metaphors keep rolling.

Saturday’s 3-0 win at Montpellier lifted Les Rouges-et-Bleu to joint-top of the table, but had France Football’s managing editor Denis Chaumier calling for calm.

“There are many obstacles to overcome before we can say PSG have the calibre of champions, it is better to be cautious,” said Chaumier.

“They lack something, a commune vie (common life), that their new elite status cannot replace.

“Some would want to push them to reach the higher levels quickly, but the ‘horse’ is reluctant. It knows its way and does not like to run into unknown lands. It gallops, though, believe me.”

So there you go. I can’t find a fitting translation of commune vie, but I assume in this instance the author means team-spirit or something similar, and it’s probably a fair point he’s making, albeit in a slightly convoluted fashion.

What I do know is that PSG keep improving, and that the nearest thing the team has to a thoroughbred, Javier Pastore, keeps scoring.

The Argentine netted twice against Montpellier; his first, and PSG’s second, was a brilliant angled volley after a long cross from the left, while his second was a harder-than-it-looked finish into the empty net from an acute angle after an horrific error from home keeper Geoffrey Jourdren. Kevin Gameiro had earlier opened the scoring in typical fashion, running clear to clip a neat finish past the exposed guardien.

Boss Antoine Kombouare was also boosted by a debut appearance from Momo Sissoko, who played 19 minutes as a substitute as he continues his come-back from injury.

“We knew what to expect here against the league leaders and the team with the best defence in the division,” said AK.

“They had conceded only one goal at home, so this was a good performance. I have to congratulate the players for a fantastic performance.

“It is an important victory that allows us to stay up at the top of the table but we have only played eight games. We are only at the very beginning of a very long road, so let's keep our feet on the ground.”

PSG now hold Ligue 1’s top spot alongside Montpellier and Lyon, who they meet at the Parc-des-Princes on Sunday night. Tasty.


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