PSG are not fooling around this season. One week after winning the Trophee des Champions with a 4-0 walloping of Nantes, the reigning Ligue 1 champions opened their title defense with a 5-0 road win against relegation candidate Clermont Foot.
Neymar scored the opening goal and assisted the next three, and Lionel Messi closed out the scoring with the final two goals as the PSG stars showed they are already on their game under new manager Christophe Galtier.
What probably has their foes shuddering is that they’ve done it without superstar Kylian Mbappe. The French World Cup champion missed last week’s match due to suspension, and then was ruled out with an adductor injury against Clermont.
Galtier confirmed he’ll likely return against Montpellier next weekend.
The new PSG manager fielded the same lineup for the second week in a row and it produced similar results as Les Parisiens are already building a head of steam on the back of its superstars.
Messi bicycle goal, but was his assist better?
PSG were already up 4-0 when Lionel Messi sprinted in behind to receive a long ball. With his back to goal, he took it off his chest and sent an overhead kick over the ‘keeper for the exclamation mark on his and his club’s performance.
And if you thought that the bicycle kick was nice, the assist he had on Neymar’s goal was probably even better for the finesse and the football IQ that he showed.
Messi and Neymar set the example with their selfless running throughout the match. The team kept a solid shape throughout the match and goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma barely had anything to do against an inferior Clermont team.
PSG were dialed in from the start. And although they had moments where they stepped on the ball and dialed it back slightly, they were focused and cohesive from start to finish, which was rarely seen last season under Mauricio Pochettino.
SOURCE: THE SPORTING NEWS