Paris Saint-Germain have the best attack in the world, Leonardo
Now that Edinson Cavani is at Paris Saint-Germain, the Ligue 1 champions will prove to be tougher opponents in Europe. The former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo claims that now that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has Cavani by his side, it can be assumed that the French champions have the best strike-force in the world.
Cavani moved to Paris Saint-Germain following a €64 million move from Napoli last month. Once the move had been sealed, Leonardo quit his post at Paris Saint-Germain to serve his 14-month suspension for pushing a referee.
The former AC Milan and Inter Milan manager told reporters that he had made a healthy exit from Paris Saint-Germain. Leonardo said that he left the club at a time when they possess a well-balanced team and are poised to contend for major honors next season.
“To have in the same team, the top scorer in Serie A, Cavani, and the top scorer in Ligue 1, Ibrahimovic, is incredible, especially when there are players like Lucas [Moura], [Javier] Pastore, [Jeremy] Menez and [Ezequiel] Lavezzi around them,” Leonardo said. “PSG have the best attack in the world with those six elements.
“I think Cavani and Ibrahimovic complement each other very well. It was my idea to unite them in Paris and I had to insist upon it so that it could become a reality. Ibra is big and strong but he’s capable of playing in midfield and creating play. He’s going to drop back and work around Cavani, who will lead the line.
“If you think back to last season, Ibra often dropped back to provide some creativity and we lacked a goalscorer who would be in the box to get on the end of crosses for example.”
Leonardo, who received the suspension for shoving referee Alexandre Castro during a game against Valenciennes, will be sidelined from football action till the end of June in 2014.
“The suspension that I received was very difficult to accept,” Leonardo admitted. “I think it’s unfair. It was impossible to continue my work in Paris because the ban was not allowing me to do it to 100% of my ability.”
The former Brazil international said that he has left the French club on good terms. Leonardo also expects the club’s new manager Laurent Blanc to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a successful season.
“PSG is like the other big teams - it’s normal that there might sometimes be problems in the dressing room,” Leonardo said. “The top players want to win everything, to play well and to perform in a good atmosphere.
“I don’t think egos or interpersonal skills will be a problem for Laurent Blanc. The team won the title for the first time in 19 years last season and it’s up to him to continue to win. The goal remains to win the Champions League in three or four years.”