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Paris St Germain manager Laurent Blanc has stated that he is willing to change the tactics of his team in order to help Edinson Cavani rediscover his form. The Uruguayan striker was a mega money signing for the club only a few years ago, but he has been linked with an exit this summer. However, Cavani failed to secure a move away from the French club as the transfer deadline day came to an end without much fanfare with regard to the French club. He is looking set to stay at PSG until next summer and manager Laurent Blanc says that he is ready to make some changes to the tactics in order to keep Cavani happy.
PSG have reiterated throughout the summer that they do not intend to sell the forward and this latest move from Blanc appears to hint at the same. Cavani was largely used on the wings last season, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the preferred choice up front. The Swede continues to hold the importance at yesterday, but it is likely that Blanc may go for a system that has two central strikers at the same time. PSG have made a tough start to the defence of their title after allowing the likes of Bordeaux and Marseille to lead the table the early weeks of the table.
“Yes why not? On Saturday? We’ll see with the players. We have to consider the health of everyone. We have some minor health problems with some players. Last year, the team evolved into one system. This year, we may be able to evolve into another, especially to save some players. The coaching staff and I need to evaluate whether it can be as effective as a system we already know,” said Blanc. Arsenal were linked with Cavani until the last few days of the transfer window.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has claimed that the players should consider improving massively if they are to get three points from their opening league match against Burnley. Hazard’s statements came after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen in the final pre-season friendly for the London club. After resisting the lure to tour the world for their pre-season, Jose Mourinho was signing prior to the match that Werder Bremen represented their ideal opponents. However, this heavy defeat has raised questions about this Chelsea team, which has seen substantial changes during the summer.
Hazard recently returned to pre-season training following his extended break because of World Cup duties. The 23-year-old had a disappointing tournament after contributing almost nothing, apart from a few assists, for Belgium at the World Cup. He will be keen to put behind this disappointment by once again playing a starring role for Chelsea. The burden on his shoulders to create chances for Chelsea will be reduced following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas for £ 30 million from Barcelona. Even though Mourinho started with a number of his key players, they conceded two soft penalties and one poor goal to suffer this heavy defeat.
Chelsea take on Burnley in an away match for the first league match of the season. The blues have failed to win the league title since the 2009-10 season.
“I don’t know what we learned but we try to improve and be ready for the first game. It was difficult against Bremen, pre-season always is, but we will see after two weeks. We played against a small team and they tried to give 100 per cent against Chelsea. For them it is always important. I’m happy to be back on the pitch with the team. I tried to give my best but it was my first minutes and it was difficult,” said Hazard.