Kylian Mbappe gets 9/10 to lead Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern
Paris Saint-Germain seized control of UEFA Champions League Group B and silenced some of the recent controversy that has surrounded them with a convincing 3-0 win over Bayern Munich at Parc des Princes through Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar goals.
Statement. After their massive summer spending and recent events between Neymar and Cavani, PSG needed a big result in their biggest match of the season so far -- they got it.
Alphonse Areola. Often criticised, the French goalkeeper silenced his numerous doubters with an impressive performance to keep Bayern at bay.
The Neymar-Cavani controversy finally takes a backseat. Both stars scored but the Brazil and Uruguay internationals created headlines for the right reasons after their recent spat and its fall-out.
Although Layvin Kurzawa was unconvincing yet again and the midfield did not impose itself as it could have, it is difficult to complain too much after such a resounding victory.
Manager rating out of 10
8 -- Unai Emery went with his strongest starting XI and motivated his players to produce a stout display against Bayern.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alphonse Areola, 8 -- The youth academy graduate made a number of important saves in arguably his best senior PSG performance so far. Kevin Trapp should now be worried about his ability to usurp the French shot stopper.
DF Dani Alves, 8 -- The Brazil international opened the scoring early on and featured in the build-up to the third goal as well. Another night, he might have finished with a double.
DF Marquinhos, 7 -- The Brazilian formed a solid central defensive partnership with captain Thiago Silva but it was the skipper who marshalled the backline better on the night.
DF Thiago Silva, 8 -- The Brazil international was rock-like at the back for the hosts and lived up to his nickname of "O Monstro" ("The Monster:) by silencing the Bayern attack.
DF Layvin Kurzawa, 5 -- The France international was put in the shade by fellow full-back Alves and contributed little defensively, also making a number of unpunished mistakes.
MF Thiago Motta, 5 -- The veteran Italian, Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot did not dominate the game but luckily for them, PSG's attack was irresistible. The match passed Motta by in parts until he was replaced by Giovani Lo Celso.
MF Marco Verratti, 6 -- The Italy international struggled in the opening 30 minutes but picked up the pace after that and a booking 17 minutes from time.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- Like Motta and Verratti, the France international struggled at times and looked particularly ill at ease in the early parts of the match.
FW Kylian Mbappe, 9 -- The France international did not score but provided two assists in a performance that electrified the Parc des Princes crowd and earned him a standing ovation when he was replaced by Angel Di Maria 11 minutes from time.
FW Edinson Cavani, 8 -- "El Matador" impressed not only because of his excellent first-half strike but his trademark workrate and defensive efforts.
FW Neymar, 7 -- The Brazilian superstar scored one and provided another but also missed some big chances. However, he was a constant menace to the Bayern defence and helped PSG to the sort of statement win that he was bought to secure.
FW Angel Di Maria, NR -- The Argentina international was sent on after 79 minutes in place of Mbappe but the damage was already done by then and there was little left to do.
MF Giovani Lo Celso, NR -- Handed four minutes at the end, the Argentinian talent could arguably have been introduced earlier given the midfield's collective struggle to impose themselves.
MF Julian Draxler, NR -- The Germany international was introduced as a luxury substitute in the 89th minute and barely had time to get on the ball, let alone do something significant with it.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.