And we thought that after winning the 10th title, PSG wouldn’t have much to gain from the French championship. It was without counting on the ability of this team to push the limits of the exceptional. With two resounding victories in as many days, the first against Clermont (5-0) and the second this Saturday against Montpellier (5-2), PSG is on track for a great season.
With something that never happened for PSG under the Qatari era: the Parisians took the lead from the first day of the championship. Thanks to the five goals scored on the pitch at Gabriel-Montpied in Clermont, the Rouge et Bleu improved their goal difference in their opening match.
Ten goals in two days
Clermont had also occupied first place at the end of the first day last season, before leaving it to Angers then to PSG, which had recovered it from the third day and never let go. In its history, PSG have only done better twice: in 2015-2016 and in 2018-2019, spending 37 consecutive days at the top of Ligue 1, from second to 38th.
It must be said that the PSG, even Qatari, did not really accustom us to the start of the hot season. Over the past twelve seasons, Paris have only won their first two matches… six times. With, however, some good performances over the length, like last season with eight wins in the first eight days or in 2018-2019, with the absolute record of fourteen wins in the first fourteen league games.
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It is especially in terms of the number of goals scored that Paris has done very well. It’s very simple: according to Opta, Paris is the first team since Reims in 1961 to score ten goals in its first two league games. Four teams had come close in the meantime, scoring nine times: Lyon (2019-2020 and 2002-2003), Lens (1985-1986), Reims (1974-1975) and Nîmes (1971-1972).
If the season promises to be long for PSG, whose workforce will be largely affected by the mid-season cut imposed by the World Cup in Qatar, this thunderous start puts the capital’s players on a very good pace, with why no records to look for. That of a “perfect” season, being leader from the first to the 38th day, but also those of a season with the number of points (96) and victories (30), which he already holds, or that of goals, which has belonged to RC Paris since 1960 (118).