Icardi keen to form partnership with 'amazing' Cavani at PSG

By Sports Desk November 04, 2019

Mauro Icardi believes he can prosper in partnership with Edinson Cavani at Paris Saint-Germain, should Thomas Tuchel opt to pick the two strikers in the same XI.

Having moved to the French capital from Inter on a season-long loan deal, Icardi has already scored seven goals in all competitions for PSG.

His arrival at the start of September was timely, considering former Napoli frontman Cavani had suffered a hip injury at the start of the campaign, ruling him out for six weeks.

The Uruguay international has come off the bench in the past two Ligue 1 fixtures - including Friday's shock 2-1 loss to lowly Dijon - but head coach Tuchel has yet to use Cavani alongside Icardi from the start.

According to Icardi, however, the duo - who know each other from their days playing in Serie A - can work in tandem together.

"I've known Edi for a very long time, we've been in Italy since a long time ago. Edi is an amazing player who has made history in PSG, he's done so much here," Icardi told RMC.

"I want to make a contribution here, but it's the coach who will have to decide [who will play]. 

"Both of us work for the good of the team, that's what we say all the time to ourselves, on and off the pitch.

"Edi and I are two strikers, we like to score goals, we can play together if the coach decides, but it's not up to us to make that decision. In the end, it's the coach who decides, that's his job."

Related items

  • Qatar is very far away - Deschamps focused on Euro 2020 before World Cup Qatar is very far away - Deschamps focused on Euro 2020 before World Cup

    France coach Didier Deschamps is not yet thinking about attempting to retain the World Cup after signing a new contract.

    Deschamps agreed a new deal on Tuesday that takes the coach through to the end of Qatar 2022.

    France will first attempt to follow their successful campaign at Russia 2018 by claiming European Championship glory for the first time since 2000 next year.

    Les Bleus were runners-up at Euro 2016, with Deschamps hoping to go one step further than their defeat to Portugal on home soil.

    "It is an honour for me to be the coach of France," Deschamps told a news conference. 

    "You know the attachment I continue to have for what this jersey represents.

    "Sincerely, I thank the [French Football Federation] president [Noel Le Graet] for his confidence. The quality of our relationship is very important to me.

    "There are still many things to do. Many have already been done. We are world champions in title. We are judged by the results.

    "I am happy in my job. I have the best French players, with a remarkable state of mind. There are still beautiful things to do.

    "Qatar is very far away. The goal is the Euros… My energy and that of my staff are focused on it."

    No team has retained the World Cup since the great Brazil side featuring Pele won the tournament in 1958 and 1962.

  • Mbappe must accept my decisions - Tuchel Mbappe must accept my decisions - Tuchel

    Kylian Mbappe has been told by Thomas Tuchel to respect decisions made by the Paris Saint-Germain coach.

    Mbappe appeared to ignore Tuchel when he was substituted towards the end of Saturday's Ligue 1 win away to Montpellier, a 3-1 comeback victory in which the World Cup winner scored.

    Reports in Spain have claimed Mbappe is not interested in signing a new PSG contract amid speculation Real Madrid will launch a fresh attempt to prise the striker away from Paris.

    Former France striker Christophe Dugarry has said on RMC Sport that Tuchel is "finished" at PSG, described the club as a "non-entity" and claimed the coach must "justify" his decision to take off Mbappe two games in a row.

    Tuchel faces a tricky balancing act to keep the 20-year-old happy in the French capital but the coach will not tolerate displays of frustration from Mbappe.

    "Kylian is not difficult to manage but he has a unique mentality," Tuchel told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday ahead of a Champions League game against Galatasaray.

    "It is normal that he always wants to win. He must accept being subbed off and show respect to other players like [Eric Maxim] Choupo-Moting."

    PSG are already through as group winners after beating Madrid at home and coming from behind to draw away to Los Blancos on matchday five.

    Tuchel hinted he is considering squad rotation against Galatasaray as the Ligue 1 champions have a five-point lead at the top of the table.

    "I am convinced that we are ready for tomorrow," Tuchel added. 

    "All players want to play and it is necessary that they all have time to play with all of the games that are coming.

    "We have to show that we can play as a team; it's what you need to do to accomplish great things."

  • Al Sadd v Hienghene Sport: Ex-Barcelona star Xavi eyes Liverpool clash at Club World Cup Al Sadd v Hienghene Sport: Ex-Barcelona star Xavi eyes Liverpool clash at Club World Cup

    Xavi has challenged Al Sadd to reach the Club World Cup semi-finals and set up a clash with Liverpool in Qatar.

    The former Barcelona midfielder was a two-time winner of the tournament as a player in 2009 and 2011 but will be in charge of Al Sadd this time around.

    His side play Hienghene Sport, a team from New Caledonia who won the OFC Champions League this year, in Wednesday's opening match.

    Xavi, who turns 40 in January, became coach of Al Sadd after they won the Qatar Stars League earlier this year.

    The winners of the first-round match will go on to face Mexican side Monterrey, who are the reigning CONCACAF Champions League title-holders, and then the prize would be a semi-final against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

    "It's an honour to be here. It's one of the biggest tournaments in the world," Xavi said in a news conference.

    "We are here to compete. We know the difficulty. We are here for success, to play good games, to show everybody our level because we have the best generation of Qatari players in history, in my opinion.

    "They won together the Asian Cup in January of this year. We gave a good philosophy and we want to show everybody we can compete, but it will be tough, I have to be honest.

    "I had the opportunity to play three times in this competition and I won it two times as a player. As a coach it's totally different. We'll try to do our best and I'm really excited as a coach to play this competition."

    Asked about the possibility of a last-four clash with Liverpool, Xavi added: "It's a goal to be in the semi-final, but we have to respect all the teams and they will respect us a lot.

    "Tomorrow we have a difficult game, a difficult club. We want to go step by step. It's part of the process. Football is the present and the present is tomorrow's game."

    The tournament opener takes place at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Al Sadd's home ground, and they face a team from a town of barely 2,500 residents who have radically over-achieved to earn their place at this event.

    Xavi said of his team's first task: "I try to say to them that the pressure now is on me. Don't be afraid to play football, otherwise it's impossible to have success.

    "When you have the ball you cannot feel pressure otherwise you cannot play well. With my experience, when I was playing with pressure it was impossible to do things. For sure they will show they are ready to compete against everybody."

     

    Player to watch

    Al Sadd - Gabi

    Like Xavi, former Atletico Madrid man Gabi boasts years of LaLiga experience and his playmaking ability should make him stand out from the pack at the level of Wednesday's game.

    Hienghene Sport - Bertrand Kai

    Kai, who manages a boarding school as a day job, won the Golden Ball award at the 2019 OFC Champions League as the competition's outstanding player. Like Gabi, he is 36 but a force to be reckoned with.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.