PSG struggling to hit top form

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PSG have had a relatively tricky fortnight. First it was Kevin Trapp's nightmare performance at home to Bordeaux which gifted their opponents a valuable point at the Parc des Princes, and on Saturday a battling Reims side held the Parisian champions to a draw after Laurent Blanc decided to rotate his side.

The French giants produced a convincing display at home to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hometown club Malmo in the Champions League, with Angel di Maria stealing the headlines for his man-of-the-match display which included a brilliantly taken goal on his first European appearance since his dazzling performance led Real Madrid to their famous 'La Decima' triumph. 

For the Reims match at the weekend, manager Laurent Blanc decided to rotate some of the key players as Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Angel di Maria and top goalscorer Edinson Cavani dropped to the bench.


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It was a move which, on paper, should have worked absolutely fine as Les Parisiens boast one of the most talented squads in world football. 

Instead, ex-Spurs reject Benjamin Stambouli came in and played poorly. Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has never really established himself as a first-choice option for PSG since his arrival from Napoli was ineffective on the left-hand side, and Ibrahimovic looked lacking in sharpness following his injury. 

Still on top 

PSG are far from a team in crisis as they sit top of the Ligue 1 table, however, Laurent Blanc will be concerned with his inability to rest key players such as Matuidi and Cavani who have been two of the stand-out performers so far this season.

Tonight they face Guingamp who have won their last three games. It will be interesting to see whether Blanc reintroduces his star men for this game after his rotation gamble failed to pay off at the weekend. 

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