Paris Saint-Germain’s youngest starting lineup in 25 years picked up three more points in Ligue 1 after defeating a plucky EA Guingamp side 0-2 at the Stade Municipal de Roudourou on Saturday.
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With many first team players resting in Paris in preparation for the UEFA Champions League match against Manchester City, Lucas Moura took the opportunity to show Laurent Blanc he deserves more playing time. Lucas was left on the bench at the Parc des Princes last Wednesday against City in favor of Edinson Cavani, a move that surprised many given his stellar form of late.
The Brazilian’s brace, both coming in the second half, sunk Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men and brought PSG’s point total in the league to 83 after 33 matches, the highest tally since the introduction of three points for a win.
While many of the youth players performed well, Christopher Nkunku and Presnel Kimpembe in particular, a collision in the 19th minute caused Parisian supporters to hold their collective breath. While fighting off Guingamp’s Marcus Coco in his own end, Layvin Kurzawa collided with Kevin Trapp and suffered a broken nose. The German keeper had to be subbed off at halftime but reports are it was for precautionary reasons.
Despite the potential injury to Trapp, it was an ideal result for PSG. The future of the team appears bright with so many talented youth players and key first team players (Lucas and Marquinhos) made their case for inclusion in the starting XI for Tuesday’s pivotal clash with Manchester City.