PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said his side’s 3-0 victory over ten-man Amiens was “deserved” as they extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 13 points.
Edinson Cavani gave PSG the lead from a spot-kick after a goalless first half with Amiens managing just one shot on target in the 90 minutes.
Khaled Adenon was sent off for a second bookable offence after he brought down the marauding Kylian Mbappe before the French forward added his side’s second minutes later.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos added a third to wrap up the game after being expertly set up by Julian Draxler, who took the ball past defenders to slide into the path of Marquinhos.
Tuchel spoke of the importance of the win after his PSG side were knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday by Ligue 1 strugglers Guingamp.
Speaking after the game Tuchel told the club website: “It’s a deserved win after a good performance from us.
“We can’t control the result, but we can control our level of performance and that’s what we did today.
“We were focused, we showed quality and I’m happy with what we did today.”
Draxler added: “We created several chances in the first half, but we needed to wait until the second to make the breakthrough.
“It wasn’t easy, they closed down the space, but it was easier after the red card.”
Amiens boss Christophe Pelissier told the club website it was “very very hard” after his side had played well before the penalty changed the game.
He said: “It’s too bad because for 50 minutes which were really good, we did what we wanted to do.”
Thomas Tuchel was eager to pay tribute to his players after Paris St Germain beat Nantes 1-0 at the Parc des Princes and went 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
In a contest that saw the unbeaten champions – without Neymar due to his groin issue – have numerous chances, Kylian Mbappe netted a 68th-minute winner, converting from close range for his 13th league goal of the season.
The large gap between PSG and second-placed Lille grew by three points with Les Dogues, who have played two games more than the leaders, having been beaten 2-1 at home by Toulouse on Saturday.
PSG boss Tuchel was quoted by L’Equipe as saying after the game: “We had 70 per cent possession, we had 23 shots. It’s amazing. We played with a lot of quality.
“We do very aggressive counter-pressing. We just lacked precision in the last touch, in the last pass.
“In my opinion, this is a match that we could win with four goals. We controlled the match.
“We deserved to win. We are tired, but that’s normal. The team has been amazing today. I compliment my players.”
Following Tuchel’s appointment at PSG over the summer, the German has overseen 15 victories in 17 league matches – they had drawn each of their last two top-flight games prior to this one – and guided the club to the Champions League last 16 as winners of Group C.
Asked for his assessment of the past few months, Tuchel said: “When you look at the results, it’s almost perfect.
“I am very, very happy. You can see the progress of the team, you can feel the energy of the team. Everyone was very open to new ideas. It’s been fun.”
Nantes boss Vahid Halilhodzic, whose side have dropped a place to 14th, was quoted on the club’s official website as saying: “We can have some regrets. The players made a good game.
“We were well organised and we did some interesting things, especially defensively.
“PSG is another dimension, perhaps the best team in the world.
“On the occasions we had, we did not have success. We were a little timid. It would have taken a little more determination, rigour and malice, surely. It’s these little details that make the difference.”
Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are being closely monitored after both suffered injuries on international duty, the Ligue 1 champions have announced.
Neymar was forced off with a groin injury after just eight minutes of Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
And club team-mate Mbappe sustained a shoulder injury after an awkward landing during France’s 1-0 win over Uruguay in Paris.
PSG, who host Liverpool in a crucial Champions League tie next Wednesday, confirmed they would reassess both Neymar and Mbappe in the next 48 hours.
A statement on the club’s official wesbite read: “Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe have undergone medical examinations today that confirmed: for Neymar an elongation of the right adductors. For Kylian Mbappe a contusion of the right shoulder.
“A period of 48 hours of care will be observed to judge the clinical course.”
Neymar believes the injury he sustained is “nothing serious”, while – after the game – Brazil boss Tite would not discuss the injury.
The player himself said in a message posted on Instagram: “Thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious.”
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar also suggested Neymar’s issue was not a major one.
Lasmar was quoted by SporTV as saying: “He has been evaluated, has already initiated the treatment. (He) will need a little more time for a better evaluation, an image exam, but at first it is nothing important.”
Neymar was replaced at Stadium MK by Everton’s Richarlison, who scored the only goal just before half-time.