Emery: We need to improve

Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery was relieved to head into the winter break with a win after comprehensively defeating Lorient 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Thomas Meunier kicked off proceedings in the 25th minute ahead of an own-goal from Zargo Toure a minute before the half-time break.

Thiago Silva added a third with 50 minutes played, with Edison Cavani on target from the penalty spot with 63 minutes on the clock.

Lucas Moura rounded off the scoring with a fifth goal in the 70th minute.

The result leaves Emery's side third in the Ligue 1 standings, on 39 points from 19 games – three points behind Monaco and five adrift of leaders Nice.

The French champions had lost 3-0 to Montpellier at the beginning of December before drawing with Nice and losing 2-1 to Guingamp last time out – while also losing a Coupe De La Ligue match and drawing in the Champions League.

After the match, a delighted Emery said: "It was important to take three points for the confidence of the team and the championship.

"The team had confidence, we improved things. We won and we will try to continue to improve. 

"Outside, we have already lost four away matches [Monaco, Toulouse, Montpellier, Guingamp] and we will have to offer a more compact block.

"I saw a very involved group but we have already lost some important points and we will have to lose less for the continuation of the championship. 

"But it was important that the players demonstrated involvement and motivation. We are third and we need to improve and reduce this distance."