Aug 9, 2013 at 7.30pm UK at ‚ÄčStade de la Mosson
MontpellierMontpellier HSC
1-1
PSGParis Saint-Germain
Cabella (11')
Camara (50'), El Kaoutari (62'), Tiene (70')
El Kaoutari (72')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Maxwell (60')
Verratti (32'), Pastore (78')

Laurent Blanc praises Edinson Cavani debut

Blanc praises Cavani debut
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Paris Saint-Germain praises Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan made his debut off the bench against Montpellier in Ligue 1.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has praised Edinson Cavani after he came off the bench to make his debut for the French champions last night.

Cavani was introduced late on during PSG's Ligue 1 opener at Montpellier, but was unable to find a late winner as the visitors were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Blanc thinks that the Uruguayan forward needs time to find form and fitness for PSG, but insisted that his impact was positive and helped press Montpellier further into their own half.

He told reporters in his post-match press conference: "He [Cavani] created depth. He also had a great opportunity that was blocked by a defender. He will give us the depth we need.

"He is not 100%, 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 now 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."

PSG needed a second-half equaliser from Maxwell to register their first point of the campaign, but were unable to profit from a late red card issued to Montpellier defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari.

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