After scoring the only goal in Paris Saint-Germain FC's victory against Olympique Lyonnais, Blaise Matuidi praised his team for a recent resurgence which has earned them a share of the Ligue 1 lead.
Lyon were three points clear of PSG ahead of Sunday's trip to the capital but are now part of a three-way tie at the summit, Olympique de Marseille the last of the pacesetters. PSG's recent ascent has been particularly impressive, nine goals scored and none conceded in their last three games ensuring they are top – on goal difference – for the first time since 3 November.
"We are very happy to have beaten a great Lyon team," said Matuidi. "We struggled in the first half but we managed to stay strong together." The former AS Saint-Étienne midfielder's third league goal of the season came courtesy of another Zlatan Ibrahimovic assist. "It's all going well for me for the moment but credit to Ibra, a great scorer who knows to create goals – he delighted me with this one."
PSG remained in charge in the second half and Lyon were thankful to goalkeeper Rémy Vercoutre for restricting it to a one-goal defeat. Though perhaps not as eye-catching as PSG's successive 4-0 victories preceding the visit of Lyon, Carlo Ancelotti's side offered more evidence that they are firmly back on track. "Football is strange," said Ancelotti. "No one would have predicted that the attitude, character and play would change so much in a couple of weeks."
After PSG lost 2-1 at OGC Nice on 1 December, Ancelotti referred to "a crisis". Four wins have followed, starting with a UEFA Champions League matchday six triumph over FC Porto. "Everybody knew what was happening," Matuidi said. "Everybody questioned themselves and started to work for each other. We saw against Lyon that every time we were in trouble, we didn't concede. If we can keep this spirit, we know that we have enough talent and quality to achieve our goals." That would mean a first league title since 1994.
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