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Matuidi bids to keep PSG perfect

2015-09-10 08:55
Blaise Matuidi (AFP)

Paris - French champions Paris Saint-Germain and dynamic midfielder Blaise Matuidi will aim to extend their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season on Friday night.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions are at home to a depleted Bordeaux side.

Laurent Blanc's men have collected maximum points through their first four matches with France international Matuidi playing an integral role in their early success.

The 28-year-old has had a hand in four of the club's seven goals so far, notably netting the opener in a 2-0 victory over Gazelec Ajaccio before his second-half strike earned PSG all three points in a 1-0 win at Montpellier a week later.

Matuidi's exploits haven't been limited to Ligue 1 either with the Frenchman in sparkling form on the international stage as well.

His brace against Serbia on Monday, the second goal a stunning long-range volley, steered the Euro 2016 hosts to a 2-1 win in Bordeaux and prompted fellow Les Bleus midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to label him as PSG's key man.

"He is such a good player. He is maybe not the grandest name in the PSG team but, in my view, he is the most important player in that team," said Schneiderlin, in quotes published by French sports daily L'Equipe.

"He is now scoring goals, which completes his game," added the Manchester United midfielder.

Angel di Maria stayed in Paris over the international break after being left out of Argentina's squad to allow him to work on his fitness and could also make his first start for PSG against a Bordeaux side still missing the likes of Cheick Diabate and Lamine Sane as well as the suspended Clement Chantome.

Ligue 1 fixtures

Friday

Paris Saint-Germain v Bordeaux 

Saturday

Lyon v Lille, Troyes v Caen, Montpellier v Saint-Etienne, Nice v Guingamp, Lorient v Angers, Toulouse v Reims

Sunday

Gazelac Ajaccio v Monaco, Nantes v Rennes, Marseille v Bastia

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