Paris Saint-Germain went three factors clear on the Ligue 1 summit after Neymar (two), Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier, Julian Draxler and Kylian Mbappe all scored in a 6-2 win over Bordeaux at Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Energy. After failing to impose themselves away at Montpellier final week, PSG wanted to point out that they are often as sturdy domestically as they had been within the Champions League in midweek and so they succeeded by inflicting a primary — and heavy — defeat in Le Championnat upon Bordeaux.
Formation. Not for the primary time this season, Unai Emery modified from the possession-based Four-Three-Three system to a extra attacking Four-2-Three-1 form and the end result was one other deadly show in entrance of purpose, though the group nonetheless managed to ship two objectives.
Togetherness. Neymar scored one free kick and one penalty towards Bordeaux and though it’s simpler to recover from a controversial second if you find yourself successful in the way in which that PSG had been towards Jocelyn Gourvennec’s males, the gamers — notably the Brazilian famous person and Cavani — seemed completely satisfied sufficient collectively.
Targets conceded. Though it was a really spectacular efficiency in assault, Les Parisiens nonetheless contrived to permit Bordeaux to attain twice by former youth academy graduate Younousse Sankhare and rising star Malcom.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
eight — Emery’s choice to start out the massive three of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani, in addition to Draxler, was rewarded with a devastating attacking exhibiting within the first half, enabling the Spaniard to make some uncommon early substitutions.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Alphonse Areola, 7 — The Frenchman and his defence got little likelihood on Bordeaux’s first purpose after Marco Verratti was turned in a harmful place, however the youth academy graduate was nonetheless alert sufficient to make a flying second-half save with the rating at 6-1.
DF Thomas Meunier, 6 — The Belgium worldwide acquired ahead and grabbed himself a purpose, however acquired a reserving late within the first half and conceded a late penalty in a blended efficiency.
DF Marquinhos, 7 — The Brazilian did an excellent job in central defence alongside Presnel Kimpembe and as captain for the day, however his backline nonetheless shipped two objectives.
DF Presnel Kimpembe, 7 — The homegrown teen paired nicely with Marquinhos however neither of them might save Verratti from embarrassment on Bordeaux’s first purpose nor Meunier when he conceded the penalty for Les Girondins‘ second.
DF Yuri Berchiche, 6 — The Spaniard was stable sufficient at left-back and notched his maiden PSG help by teeing up Meunier’s first-half strike — through Mbappe’s miscued swing.
MF Marco Verratti, 5 –– The Italy worldwide acquired turned within the build-up to Bordeaux’s first purpose and continues to be nicely beneath the excessive requirements anticipated of him. It was a bit shocking that Emery opted to switch Adrien Rabiot earlier than the Azzurri star made method for Christopher Nkunku 11 minutes from time.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 — The France worldwide was put within the shade by Draxler within the playmaker function, however he nonetheless put in a stable, if unspectacular, 69 minutes earlier than he was changed by Giovani Lo Celso.
MF Kylian Mbappe, eight — The ex-Monaco man was distinctive within the midweek house win over Bayern Munich and he was excellent towards Bordeaux as nicely. Les Bleus’ newest star performed a job within the buildup to Cavani’s purpose (2-Zero) with a elegant flick earlier than helping Draxler’s volleyed end after which getting in on the act himself within the second half.
MF Julian Draxler, eight — The German put in his finest show of the season up to now within the No. 10 function and volleyed in his first purpose this time period earlier than turning supplier for Mbappe.
MF Neymar, eight — The Brazilian was higher towards Bordeaux than he was towards Bayern and opened the scoring with an exceptional free kick earlier than including a second from the penalty spot earlier than the break. After that, he broke out some tips and flicks to maintain the Parc des Princes crowd entertained.
ST Edinson Cavani, 6 — The Uruguay worldwide scored PSG’s second purpose and seemed snug sufficient with Neymar, however it will need to have harm El Matador to see the Brazilian rating from the penalty spot, even when he didn’t present it.
RW Angel Di Maria, 5 — The Argentine changed Cavani simply after the hour mark however it was already 6-1 by then, so there was little left to do.
MF Giovani Lo Celso, 5 — Got here on for Rabiot with 21 minutes to go however like his compatriot Di Maria, discovered that the injury had already been performed.
MF Christopher Nkunku, NR –– The youth academy graduate was afforded the ultimate 11 minutes of the match instead of Verratti.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French nationwide group for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.