Sunday, 25 November 2012

PSG topple Troyes thanks to Zlatan's four-play and a tale of two left-backs

I never fail to be amused by some of the keywords which cause people to land on this blog.

Common ones include "Lavezzi body" (you're all perverts), "Kosovare Asllani hot" (see point one) and, bizarrely, "Justin Bieber crying". The Bieber has never featured on PSGT, crying or otherwise, and never will if I have anything to do with it.

But my favourite one remains "Zlatan gets boner nose still bigger". Quite what caused someone to enter this into a search engine I have no idea - it's not question I've ever asked myself before - but I hope their curiosity was at least partially satisfied by this pictorial evidence.

Whatever the size of his manhood, Ibra's form on the pitch remains pretty sexy. He did his best to contradict those of us who insist PSG aren't a one-man team by bagging two goals and two assists in yesterday's 4-0 victory over Troyes.

It was from Ibrahimovic's cross that Maxwell opened the scoring, sliding in his second goal in three Ligue 1 games. The Swede then provided a pass for Blaise Matuidi, who enjoyed another outstanding match in midfield, to make it 2-0 with a first time finish that found the net via the inside of the post.

That scoreline was probably a fair one at that point, as Troyes gave as good as they got, and kept Salvatore Sirigu busy with a string of shots which the Italian dealt with in his usual authoritative fashion. But Ibrahimovic's late double gave the scoreline a flatteringly one-sided look.

"We are still not solid enough to be a team that plays with continuity," noted Carletto afterwards. "But the team has reacted really well this week. We have scored six goals, not conceded any, have qualified for the next stage of the Champions League and got back to winning ways in Ligue 1. That is a lot in six days."

Indeed, and there's been plenty going on off the pitch too, with PSG supposedly removing a tweet from the official club Twitter stream that suggested Ashley Cole had agreed to join us this summer. It turns out it was actually a Photoshopped fake, but nevertheless prompted stories on several supposedly reputable websites. You can always rely on PSG Tourist not to indulge in such idle speculation.

One left-back who is at the club, but possibly not for much longer, is Siaka Tiene. Poor old Tiene, who has only seen 10 minutes of action for the club this season, opened his heart to Le Parisien yesterday in a move which is likely to make him about as popular as Peguy Luyindula at the Parc-des-Princes.

"I want to play, and as it is not possible here, I'll have to go elsewhere," said the Ivory Coast international. "I'm 30 and I have eight months left on my contract in Paris, I can not stay like this.

"At the beginning [of the season], I was confident. By working hard and persevering, I was certain that I would give my chance. That's why I stayed. I do not understand why I do not play."

I think most of us who have seen Siaka in "action" probably understand why he hasn't had much of a look-in this season. He says he rejected offers from West Brom and teams in Turkey over the summer, so hopefully they'll be some interest again when the transfer window opens in January.


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