Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a brace and the likes of Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani, and Blaise Matuidi all scored as Paris Saint-Germain pummeled Caen 6-0 for their third-straight Ligue 1 victory and a massive 30-point lead in the French top flight.
Yet none of that can ease the pain of the club’s fourth straight quarterfinal loss in Champions League play.
“As I told the players, and they were all of the same opinion as me,” said head coach Laurent Blanc, “the disappointment of not progressing in the Champions League is still there and will remain there, we must digest it. But the best way to prepare for the week ahead with two decisive games was to play football and win. This will not erase anything but we regained the pleasure of winning.”
PSG fell to Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate in a widely disappointing performance across both legs.
“The disappointment is difficult to overcome, even this 6-0 win does not erase those memories,” Blanc said. “But life goes on, you have to overcome that and we have to finish the season, although it will be difficult.”
Ibrahimovic, who maybe has played in his final Champions League, bagged his first of the day in the 12th minute after Di Maria pilfered Caen defender Jordan Adeoti, leaving Zlatan to fire in low from outside the top of the box. He’d get his second in the 56th minute with the score already 4-0, PSG countered and a cross from Layvin Kurzawa found Ibra wide open and he finished with a volley. The goal is his 32nd of the season in Ligue 1, a career high for goals in a league season, beating the 30 he scored with PSG back in the 2012/13 campaign, his first season in France.