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Cruising PSG back to domestic duty

Ligue 1 Conforama > News
02/11/2017

By I. Holyman

Paris Saint-Germain will hope to bring their stunning European form home with them when they return to their Ligue 1 Conforama challenge and take on Angers SCO on Saturday.

 Angers SCO - Paris Saint-Germain 

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A place in the UEFA Champions League 16 was PSG's focus on Tuesday night with Belgian side Anderlecht the visitors to the Parc des Princes. Unai Emery's men registered an impressive fourth straight group-stage win with a 5-0 triumph that takes their tally to an eye-watering 17 goals and none conceded in the competition to date.

With his team's place in the knockout rounds already secured with two games to go, Emery was understandably cock-a-hoop.

"We won the three points and it was important to perform well, here at the Parc des Princes, in front of our fans, cheering us on throughout the match and we work hard for them. Tonight I thought we played well for the full 90 minutes," said the Spanish tactician.

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"In the first game against them we gave them too much space and conceded too many chances and tonight we gave them nothing. They only had two or three half-chances and that's what we keep working for, to keep improving as a team."

Despite attacking talents such as Neymar Jr, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé also being on the pitch, it was left-back Layvin Kurzawa who stole the show and the lion's share of the goals with a surprise hat-trick.

"It's thanks to the team that I scored the three goals tonight," said the former AS Monaco man, who became the first defender in Champions League history to secure a triple haul inside 90 minutes. "I'm very happy with the win and happy to have kept another clean sheet and I hope we continue like this. When we enjoy our football, controlling the possession, taking people on, the fans enjoy it and we always try and do our best for the fans and for ourselves."

Home discomforts

Those supporters will be happier still if Emery and his men not only pursue their European endeavours deep into the competition, but also continue to steam ahead on the domestic front.

The four-point gap they enjoy at the top of the table over reigning champions Monaco already looks a formidable cushion, and there is little to suggest Angers will stop the juggernaut from the capital marching onwards and upwards at the Stade Raymond Kopa.

PSG have not lost in Angers since 1975, though of more pressing concern to the hosts will be the fact they have failed to triumph on their own patch since the final game of last season.

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Three points, all courtesy of draws, is the paltry return from five home matches in 2017/18, though they did beat Domino's Ligue 2 side AS Nancy Lorraine in the Coupe de la Ligue Round of 32 on their last home outing.

They also would have had a welcome three points to celebrate from their Week 11 trip to RC Strasbourg Alsace, but having come back from a goal down to lead 2-1, they conceded an equaliser that left them 12th but just three points above the relegation zone.

"We weren't at all good in the first half and they were, though fortunately for us they didn't take their chances. There were two divisions difference between us in the first half and the match should have been over," said Angers' Paris-born coach Stéphane Moulin.

"We changed everything in the second half in order to give ourselves the chance and we opened the scoring. Strasbourg deserved a point though. They were brilliant and have extraordinary fans. We're still unbeaten away from home and that's the paradox of football."

>> PRE-MATCH STATS: Angers vs. PSG








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