Edinson Cavani, Neymar both on the mark as PSG hit back against Reims
Paris Saint-Germain set a new club record with a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 victory to extend their season-opening winning streak and open an eight-point lead at the summit.
Xavier Chavalerin shocked the hosts with the opener inside of two minutes, but Thomas Tuchel's men recovered through Edinson Cavani (two), Neymar (a penalty) and Thomas Meunier to win 4-1 at Parc des Princes.
Needing just three minutes to reply to Reims' opening goal was impressive and just the sort of response PSG needed after another slow start. Cavani scoring in such clinical fashion also allayed fears over his early season form, while his second will further boost his confidence. Neymar also stepped up his game with Michael Jordan watching, scored one and assisting another.
Although Tuchel will be happy with his team's reaction to falling behind again, the fact that they did so will not please the German tactician. Factor in Colin Dagba's early substitution because of injury and it was not an ideal evening for the boss. There was also a distinct lack of intensity in the second half, although Reims contributed significantly to that.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- Tuchel's starting XI was caught out early on but quickly recovered and although he arguably did not want to utilise Meunier as early as he did, things went relatively smoothly and did not require too much tactical tinkering.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Gianluigi Buffon, 5 -- Arguably should have done better with Chavalerin's goal but was otherwise solid between the sticks.
DF Colin Dagba, 5 -- It was a massive shame that he was forced off so early and he did not really have sufficient time on the pitch to impress.
DF Marquinhos, 6 -- Calm and composed alongside Thiago Silva, it was a relatively quiet night at the back.
DF Thiago Silva (c), 6 -- Buffon was more at fault than the skipper and Marquinhos for Reims' goal, otherwise Silva was comfortable enough.
DF Stanley N'Soki, 6 -- A much-needed 90-minute outing and he showed that can compete with Juan Bernat for the starting role as the Spaniard continues to get used to a return to regular action.
MF Marco Verratti, 7 -- He continues to get back up to speed in midfield and an hour alongside Adrien Rabiot will help the pair's partnership in the middle moving forward.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- Taken off after 65 minutes as Tuchel tried to keep him as fresh as possible. It was an improvement on his Rennes showing.
MF Julian Draxler, 4 -- Invisible for most of the time until he was substituted after 58 minutes, it was a missed opportunity to impress his countryman.
MF Neymar, 8 -- Rennes was an improvement on Liverpool and Reims was a notch above Rennes. The Brazilian scored one from a penalty won by Cavani and played a key role in Meunier's goal, while throwing in some crowd-pleasing tricks and flicks as Jordan watched on impressed.
MF Moussa Diaby, 7 -- Although he did not score, he did notch a deserved assist for Meunier's goal as part of a very good overall performance that further underlines the potential that Tuchel has identified since his arrival.
FW Edinson Cavani, 8 -- A much-needed confidence boost with a lovely chipped effort and an opportunist finish. He was also unlucky to not complete a hat trick as a late effort came back off the crossbar.
DF Thomas Meunier, 6 -- Sent on unexpectedly early to replace the injured Dagba, his hot streak continued with a simple second-half finish as part of another attack-minded display.
MF Christopher Nkunku, 5 -- Given 30 minutes in place of Draxler, he did not do much but was still a greater presence than the Germany international.
MF Angel Di Maria, 5 -- Handed 24 minutes towards the end, Tuchel continues to test him in midfield -- even if it is taking some time to get used to what his new coach wants from him.