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PSG opens their League campaign against Bastia away with a 4-2-3-1 formation, playing the ball deep in the midfield with a single attack while Bastia arrayed themselves with a 4-3-3 attacking formation.

The starting line up

Bastia                      vs                          PSG

Jean-Louis Leca                                Kevin Trapp
Sebastien Squillaci                Presnel Kimpembe
Mathieu Philippe Peybernes           Serge Aurier
Alexander Djiku                           Lavyin Kurzawa
Florian Marange                                    David Luiz
Mehdi Mostefa                                  Lucas Moura
Yannick Cahuzac                              Thiago Motta
Lassana Coulibaly                           Javier Pastore
Abdoulaye Diallo Sadio                 Angel Di Maria
Allan Saint-Maximin                         Adrien Rabiot
Enzo Crivelli                                  Hatem Ben Arfa


Jerson Cabral                                Marco Verratti
Gael Danic                                  Thomas Meunier
Lenny Nangis                                  Blaise Matuidi
Thievy Bifouma                           Alphonse Areola
Axel N'Gando                                             Maxwell
Gilles Cioni                                     Jese Rodriguez
Paul Charcoal                               Nanitamo Ikone

The first was all level as the Unai Emery side could  not get a good finish to created chances, the Bastia defense did a very nice job defending the ball and made sure the PSG side never saw the back of the Goal. Clearly the Bastia side did not do very well at the front  and Francois Ciccolini waited patiently for the end of the first half.

The second half kicked off, as usual the better side played better than the home team but the home team took PSG by surprise a couple of times in a counter but still failing to hit their mark, the Francois Ciccolini side made their first change of the game at the 58th minute bringing in Gael Danic with the aim of energizing the flank. It took PSG 8 more minutes before a change was made as a goal was need to break the dead lock, bringing in Jese Rodriguez to replace Hatem Ben Arfa as he wasn't effective at the Bastian defense anymore. The PSG side found the back of the net at the 71st minute with a spectacular finish from Lavyin Kurzawa, registering the first goal of the match, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi where brought in to  replace
Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot after ten minutes sending more energy to the midfield and attack as a goal difference wasn't enough. The Francois Ciccolini made one more change in the 81st minute changing Enzo Crivelli for Thievy Bifouma to make the attack more effective as an equalizing goal was need but unfortunately for them their opening match ended one nil in the Favour of the visitors.

The PSG side goes home with 3points but there seem to be something missing in the attack which Ibrahimovic usually put into the team, today would have ended a goal - less draw. I think the team still has problems finding a replacement for Ibrahimovic.

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