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Giovani Lo Celso an 8/10 as Paris Saint-Germain reclaims Ligue 1 crown

Paris Saint-Germain are champions of Ligue 1 for the seventh time after a 7-1 thrashing of second-place Monaco at Parc des Princes on Sunday. Les Parisiens snatched their French crown back from Les Monegasques thanks to Giovani Lo Celso (two), Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria (two) and Julian Draxler goals, as well as a Radamel Falcao own goal.


The obvious plus, and a big one at that, is that the wait for the Ligue 1 title to return to the capital is over. One season on from being dethroned by a vibrant Monaco side, Unai Emery's men humiliated Leonardo Jardim's team to return the favour in the joint-second fastest triumph in the history of Le Championnat.

PSG were ready to make this their title-winning moment and came flying out of the traps, going 4-0 up inside of the opening 30 minutes and they rarely eased off after that in a strong collective performance.

Motivation has been hard to come by since their Champions League round-of-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid back in March, but the champions showed great hunger against ASM both here and in the Coupe de la Ligue final.


PSG-wise, there were no negatives -- even if the final score creates the illusion that the hosts were at their absolute best to destroy Monaco.

The reality is that the men from the principality were poor and embarrassed themselves at Parc des Princes, putting in a poor excuse for a performance.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Emery named a logical starting XI and his players duly mauled their visitors, but that was more down to Jardim and his troops' pathetic showing than a tactical masterclass from the Spaniard.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alphonse Areola, 6 -- Celebrated his first Ligue 1 title as a senior with a largely assured display and made up for his desperate lunge on Rony Lopes' consolation strike in the first half with a fine save to spare Javier Pastore's blushes in the second.

DF Dani Alves, 6 -- A decent showing going forward and at the back, which was capped by an assist for Lo Celso's opener -- a well-worked team move.

DF Marquinhos, 7 -- Paired alongside captain Thiago Silva with Presnel Kimpembe suspended, he was a commanding presence and made one excellent block to keep Monaco's Falcao out in the first half.

DF Thiago Silva (c), 6 -- Looked comfortable alongside fellow Brazilian Marquinhos, even if neither of them had that much to do.

DF Yuri Berchiche, 6 -- Preferred to Layvin Kurzawa once again, he was not at his best defensively but chipped in with a great assist for Cavani's headed finish.

Giovani Lo Celso had one of his best games in a PSG shirt with two goals.
Giovani Lo Celso shined for PSG, scoring two goals in Sunday's victory.

MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- Deployed in defensive midfield, it was solid but unspectacular stuff. not really surprising when he was substituted after 65 minutes with no real need to worry about a Monaco fightback.

MF Giovani Lo Celso, 8 -- Outstanding. He got forward from midfield to finish off two nice team goals and produced another with the corner that resulted in Falcao's own goal.

MF Julian Draxler, 7 -- He ultimately got the goal that his hard work deserved, but it had looked like it would not come after an acrobatic first-half effort did not come off.

FW Javier Pastore, 7 -- A pair of assists was an impressive return from a player who looked lifeless in Saint-Etienne last week. A booking took a little shine off of his evening, but not much.

FW Edinson Cavani, 7 -- A lovely header and an assist for Di Maria's delightful chipped effort as part of a typically hard-working outing that has now seen him pull level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as PSG's joint-top scorer of all time in Ligue 1 with 113 goals.

FW Angel Di Maria, 7 -- Two nice goals as he, like fellow Argentine Pastore, returned to form after a disappointing Saint-Etienne episode.


MF Lassana Diarra, 6 -- Introduced in Rabiot's place with 25 minutes left, he picked up where his fellow Frenchman left off.

FW Thomas Meunier, NR -- Given 15 minutes at the end instead of Di Maria, he helped PSG keep the pressure on and score two more late goals.

MF Christopher Nkunku, NR -- Replaced Lo Celso from the final 10 minutes and was energetic in the middle.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.


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