Finally. Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain have returned to being Paris Saint-Germain, the Paris Saint-Germain that have terrorized Ligue 1 at will. Edinson Cavani had a big night out in a 6-0 romp over Patrice Garande’s Stade Malherbe Caen, scoring in the 12th, 23rd, and 38th minutes as well as the first minute of second half stoppage time.
Lucas Moura (67′) and Jean-Kevin Augustin (79′) also got in on goal. This is PSG’s most complete performance to date, one that will remind the whole of France, “Write off Les Parisiens at your peril.” Owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi was relieved to see Cavani find the back of the net at will, after all the hard stick he had been receiving the last several weeks.
Edinson Cavani has completed his hat-trick vs. Caen, scoring with all 3 shots on target:
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“That’s what everyone wants to see!” said Al-Khelaifi of the victory. “I’m also very happy for Edinson Cavani. I have faith in him. As I said after the Arsenal game, he’s a great goalscorer and a great striker. Today, he answered the media. He told everyone he is here. The players are working. I have faith.”
“It was important to take three points here, for the confidence, for the improvement in our work,” said Emery. “A riposte? No, it wasn’t a riposte…I work. I’m happy for the team. We didn’t concede, that’s important. The team showed the attitude we want. There was intensity, consistency and a compact bloc.”
“It’s our best game of the season so far, a good reaction after Arsenal. We followed the coach’s instructions,” added midfielder Adrien Rabiot. “It’s coming, little by little. We’re playing better, and we were clinical in front of goal. We didn’t concede, that’s good. It was the true face of Paris Saint-Germain, and we have to keep it. A turning point? Yes, Arsenal was already one. We have to keep going. It augurs well.”
Paris Saint-Germain’s next match is on Sept. 20 against Dijon FCO at the Parc des Princes in Paris and will mark a tricky stretch of four games in two weeks, which includes UEFA Champions League action against Ludogorets Razgrad and a crunch-time clash with Girondins de Bordeaux. If this result tell us anything, it’s this: Paris Saint-Germain are back.