Emery Begins Reign On A Winning Start As PSG Defeat Lyon

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Paris Saint-Germain romped to a one-sided 4-1 win over Lyon in the Champions Trophy, the traditional French season-opener, on Saturday.

Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Layvin Kurzawa got the other goals before Corentin Tolisso grabbed a consolation as the French champions won the trophy for the fourth year running and gave new coach Unai Emery some early silverware.

What Spaniard Emery, who arrived in Paris fresh from winning three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla, will make of this early success remains to be seen, however.

Lyon, last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up who also lost to PSG in the Champions Trophy 12 months ago, did not turn up for the first hour at least and the match was played out in a surreal atmosphere in a largely empty stadium in Klagenfurt.

“It was a good result for us but there us still a lot of tactical work to do and Ligue 1 will be difficult,” said Emery, whose side begin their title defence away at Bastia next Friday.

“We need to continue this next week in the league. This is important for our confidence but it is still sort of pre-season. Not all the players are fully fit yet.”

The French league have used this game to promote their competition in recent seasons, staging it in Canada, the United States, China and in Africa.


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