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Blanc impressed by Cavani debut

August 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc admits he was impressed with Edinson Cavani's debut in his side's 1-1 draw with Montepellier on Friday.

Laurent Blanc
GettyImagesBlanc believes Cavani and Ibrahimovic will strike a formidable partnership for PSG.

Cavani, 26, was used as a substitute in PSG's opening game of the Ligue 1 season, with defender Maxwell salvaging a point for the hosts.

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PSG 1-1 Montpellier

The outing was Cavani's first for his new club after an extended summer break and Blanc insists the early signs are promising.

"He created depth," he said. "He also had a great opportunity that was blocked by a defender. He will give us the depth we need.

"He is not 100 per cent, far from it. But he is still an important player and, in particular, a goalscorer. This is a player who has had about 10 days of preparation. He needs to play.

"There will be no friendly matches for him to reach perfect condition so therefore it must be done in an official match."

Blanc is confident Cavani can strike an effective partnership with fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"We will have to work and especially focus on them working together," he added. "It is one of the first times they [Cavani and Ibrahimovic] have played minutes together. A balance must be found to enable them to be effective."

The former France boss was critical of the rest of his side, claiming PSG handed Montpellier a way into the match.

"We hoped for a better result. You have to be logical, but we provided too little in the first half to my liking. We made too many technical errors that allowed Montpellier to open the scoring. The first half was very bad for us.

"The second half was better, as we finally used the wings. Late in the game we could have won, even though I think a draw is a fair result. We could have lost the game, but we knew not to lose. We are not content. This was the minimum we could do this evening."


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