Saturday, August 17, 2013

Blanc relishing PSG pressure

The former France boss is loving life at the reigning French champions, while Salvatore Sirigu has praised Edinson Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain trainer Laurent Blanc is not letting the pressure of coaching the big-spending Ligue 1 side affect his focus.

The French champions, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Montpellier in their opening Ligue 1 fixture of the 2013-14 campaign, spent over €100 million on the signings of Edinson Cavani, Lucas Digne and Marquinhos this summer, but Blanc is unfazed by the scrutiny of

managing the wealthy club.

"There's a lot of pressure on the shoulders of PSG's coach as it's one of the big French clubs but hey, I've asked for it, so I just have to accept it," Blanc said at a press conference.

"I'm even happy to live these moments. Let's not forget that a few months ago I was jobless. Then obviously I had no pressure. I was sitting at home, I was chilling.

"Pressure is part of our life as a coach. Yeah, it's hard but when you sign for a job like this one, you know what to expect and you have to enjoy it."

Meanwhile, new signing Cavani could be in line for his first Ligue 1 start after appearing from the bench last week and goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu feels the Uruguayan could be just what the team need.

"Cavani is a modern forward player. He gives a lot to the team. He's very fit. He can be a striker as well as a good defender," Sirigu said.

"He's able to defend very well and applies a lot of pressure. He's always ready to give a hand to his team-mates.

"I think that's what we need now; forward players who are ready to sacrifice themselves for their team and team-mates."