Kylian Mbappe and Neymar watched on from the stands as Paris Saint-Germain prepared for their Champions League trip to Liverpool with an emphatic 4-0 win over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Friday.
Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and youngster Moussa Diaby all found the net at the Parc des Princes to allow PSG to make it five wins from five games at the start of their defence of the French title and the reign of new coach Thomas Tuchel.
“We’ve won five times and that shows we still have a hunger to continue winning,” said Tuchel, the first coach to win his opening five games for the club.
However, there is little doubt that PSG will face a far tougher examination at Anfield in their opening Champions League group outing than they did against Saint-Etienne.
“I’m pleased also that we’ve played without having our heads turned by the game on Tuesday,” added PSG’s German coach.
“I’ve got ideas (as to his line-up) but I’m still reflecting on them. I’ll talk to the key players and I’ll be watching Liverpool’s game against Tottenham tomorrow and decide on Monday.”
Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the international break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek.
Both players will be back in the starting line-up for the mouth-watering clash at Anfield Tuesday.
Earlier on Friday, Nice shook off the absence of Mario Balotelli as they came from behind to beat Rennes 2-1 on the Cote d’Azur.
A Malang Sarr own goal had allowed Rennes to take the lead, but Allan Saint-Maximin equalised before Pierre Lees-Melou’s 89th-minute winner for Patrick Vieira’s side.