A while to get going
Despite victory in the Trophée des Champions in early August, against Bordeaux (2-1), Paris had a rough start to the season, drawing their two opening matches; away to Montpellier and at home to Ajaccio, before recording their first win of the campaign. On Sunday August 25, at the Stade de La Beaujoire in Week 3, the capital club defeated Nantes 2-1 thanks to an Ezequiel Lavezzi winner. The Parisians were on their way!
OM-Paris: A benchmark
It's one of those matches that the supporters circle as soon as the fixture list is announced. In the first Clasico of the season, at the Stade Vélodrome, Les Parisiens offered their fans a fantastic treat. Reduced to ten men and behind on the scoreboard early, Maxwell and Co.showed all their class and heart to come from behind and demonstrate just how good the capital club would be this season.
Paris move top
It wasn't long before it showed in the standings. A week later, Paris put on another master class, defeating Bastia 4-0 at the Parc des Princes. The stunning victory sent the Parisians top of the table for the first time - a position they would hold to the very end - and featured two moments of sublime skill from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Ibra scored one of the goals of the season with an outrageous, Zlatanesque, back-heel goal. In the second half, El Matador turned on the style, beating his man, and then the 'keeper before slotting the ball home from an impossible angle to make it 3-0… Top class!
After claiming a thrilling share of the spoils away to Saint-Etienne (2-2), the victories rained down: Lorient (4-0), Nice (3-1), Reims (3-0) and Lyon (4-0) all saw firsthand the power of Paris. 14 goals scored in just four games and only one against... Paris was terrorising defences home and away. Laurent Blanc's men recorded their biggest away win of the league season at the Stade Auguste-Delaune de Reims...
End of the winning run
Everybody knows that 'all good things must come to an end' and Paris proved no exception. After an incredible run of 36 matches without defeat in all competitions (the second longest run in the club's history), Paris were upset away to Evian (0-2) as they suffered their first defeat of the season. A loss that motivated the players even further...
The fans didn't have to wait long for a reaction from their side. Barely three days later, on Saturday December 7, Sochaux were dismantled at the Parc, 5-0 - the biggest home win of the season. They confirmed the win with an excellent 3-1 triumph at Rennes, before ending the first-half of the campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Lille, and capped off an excellent first five months of the season with the honorary title of Autumnal champions and the best attack in the land!
At the start of the new year, the Parisians could count on a superb Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In superb form, the Swede scored goal after goal: double against Nantes (5-0), further goals against Bordeaux (2-0) and Valenciennes (3-0) before a hat-trick away to Toulouse (4-2). The No.10 was simply unstoppable as the capital club streaked away from the chasing pack.
The 100-goal mark
Like the giant Swedish star, the whole team was flying in front of goal. Against Marseille, Maxwell and Edinson Cavani scored the 98th and 99th goals of the season for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions. But who else, but the inevitable Zlatan could score No.100? Against Bastia, Ibra opened the scoring before Ezequiel Lavezzi took the tally to 102 for Paris. An exceptional performance when one sees it took 13 more matches to set the previous record of 101 from last season… Extraordinary!
Paris make it 8 in a row!
The record kept coming for Paris as the end of the season. After setting a new club record for the number of goals, the team set a new record for the number of consecutive Ligue 1 victories for Paris Saint-Germain, with the win over Reims (3-0). Eight wins in a row for Laurent Blanc's men! More proof of the incredible consistency that the team showed throughout 2013-2014.
A competitive end of season
By mid-April, there weren't too many betting against Paris winning the championship for a second consecutive year. Les Parisiens showed great character, claiming a last second victory over Evian (1-0) at Le Parc. With Monaco's win over Ajaccio, the point picked up at Sochaux (1-1), wasn't enough. In the end, the triumph came in Week 36 as Paris could officially call themselves French champions for the second year in a row! The reward for an excellent season.