Paris Saint-Germain continued their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season with a 2-0 win at Marseille on Sunday.
Second-half goals from Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler sealed the win for Thomas Tuchel’s side at the Stade Velodrome.
It’s now 11 wins from 11 league matches and there’s already an inevitability about PSG winning the French title.
The Parisians have an eight-point lead and we’re not even in November.
But if you thought that everything was going swimmingly at the Parc des Princes, think again.
Tuchel took the decision to name Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot on the bench for the match against Marseille due to disciplinary reasons.
It meant Eric Choupo-Moting partnered Neymar and Angel Di Maria in attack.
Neymar reacts to Mbappe benching
Mbappe and Rabiot, also a regular starter this season, were punished after arriving late to Tuchel’s team briefing before the match, per Goal.
The PSG boss turned to Mbappe in the 62nd minute and the 19-year-old opened the scoring three minutes later.
But Neymar approved of the decision to start him on the bench.
“The decision has been taken, this is something of the coach,” the Brazilian forward said. “Yes, we have to respect their schedules, and they ended up failing on that part.
“They know they are great players, important to our team, and we end up suffering because of it.
“But this is an inner matter. Kylian came in and ended up solving the game for us.”
The France international scored his 10th league goal in just seven matches as PSG’s perfect start continued.
Tuchel opened up on just how difficult it was to drop Mbappe for the Marseille clash.
“I hate playing without Kylian in a match like that,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach said.
“He gave a good answer, but I do not like it. It's a bit difficult.”
Thankfully for Tuchel, his squad is filled with so much talent that to play without Mbappe for an hour isn’t too much of a deterrent.