Four talking points from PSG's 3-0 win over Guingamp

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It was a strange match on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes. All of the pre-match build-up had been focused on whether Guingamp could continue their run of three consecutive wins and inflict a shock defeat on the reigning champions PSG. 

Team Selection

Ahead of the game there was much scrutiny on the sort of team Laurent Blanc would field, after his rotation policy failed to pay off against Reims on Saturday as his side stuttered to a 1-1 draw.

This time the team was a very strong one, with the only notable absentees from the starting XI being club captain Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti and Lucas Moura.


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Marquinhos stepped in and once again showed great strength, maturity and athleticism at the heart of defence, while Javier Pastore produced a man-of-the-match performance in midfield in the place of the talented Verratti. 

Different Class

PSG played last night's game in cruise control, showing the rest of Ligue 1 that they are undoubtedly the team to beat once again this season.

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Their strength in depth is frightening and Laurent Blanc boasts probably one of the most complete squads in world football with at least two quality players for each position.

With Monaco, Marseille and Lyon all struggling so far this season, the Parisian dominance looks set to continue for another year without too many problems. 

Blanc's Best Front Three

Laurent Blanc has always been chastised for failing to get the best out of his attacking players, with many fans believing that Edinson Cavani's talents are wasted on the wings.

Indeed, Cavani did have a quieter game last night as he started the match on the left wing, but Ibrahimovic in the middle and Di Maria on the right-hand side looked brilliant as they get accustomed to each others' style of play.

They both registered a goal and an assist apiece and both will take most of the plaudits from what was a rather elementary game for the French champions.

Blanc looks like he is giving di Maria his confidence back and with the towering presence of Cavani and Ibrahimovic expect many more assists attributed to his name. 

Ligue 1's Mediocrity

The ease at which PSG overpowered Guingamp last night once again illustrated the mediocrity of the majority of French teams. Nobody can keep up with the financial thrust of the French champions and the league looks heavily unbalanced, with one team omnipotent at the summit and the rest seemingly second rate sides.

The shocks we see in the Premier League - West Ham beating Man City away from home for example - are hardly ever seen in Ligue 1 as the base standard of teams is far lower than those in England.

It's going to need a lot more investment from the Monaco owners, or perhaps Marseille or Lyon to set up considerably, if anybody is going to rival PSG for the domestic honours. 

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