Paris-Saint-Germain look classy, composed and consistent as they continue their charge for the Ligue 1 title. Following their 2-0 away win at Bastia on Saturday, they have now played ten, winning eight and drawing two.
With usual rivals Monaco, Marseille and Lyon all faltering and failing to gather any rhythm in their performances, it seems that Les Parisiens are in good shape to win their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title.
The three points are all that matters at the moment for Laurent Blanc's side. It was far from a vintage PSG performance, and it took until the 71st minute for them to break the deadlock, and even when they did, there was a big protest from the Corsican side, who believed that Javier Pastore's pass to Edinson Cavani in the build-up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opener was offside.
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It was their newly crowned, all-time record goalscorer who put the game beyond the hosts with a tidy finish after a great piece of attacking play from right-back Serge Aurier.
The problem that many of the world's biggest sides face is that their squad is depleted during the international break and players return to their club's either injured or fatigued.
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Indeed, many of the players who stayed in Paris during the break started Saturday's game, with Benjamin Stambouli and Adrien Rabiot introduced to the starting line-up in the absence of Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti, who both failed to make the travelling squad, and were seemingly rested with the Champions League in mind.
Blanc will be hoping both players will be fit to face Real Madrid on Wednesday night, especially given ex-Spurs midfielder Stambouli's poor run of form.
Angel Di Maria was rested too and he will surely be reinstated to the starting line-up for the European clash against his former employers. Lucas Moura showed industry and glimmers of his undoubted talent, but the former Manchester United man will surely be guaranteed his starting place come Wednesday.
Real Madrid test
Overall, it was a game that will quickly be forgotten. With just three points from their last six games, Bastia were never going to pose a significant threat to the runaway Ligue 1 leaders, but PSG displayed grit and determination in the absence of a number of their key players to grind out another result and further distance themselves from their league rivals.
Laurent Blanc will be well aware that Real will pose a totally different type of threat in midweek, and they will have to be at their very best to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
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