Paris Saint-Germain’s newest signing Leandro Paredes made a positive impression on manager Thomas Tuchel in his first start.
Les Parisiens fended off competition from Chelsea for the €45m signing of Paredes from Russian giants Zenit during the January transfer window.
The Argentina international’s arrival at PSG couldn’t have been better timed given midfielders Marco Verratti and Lassana Diarra’s current injury problems.
Although Paredes’ PSG debut on Sunday proved to be one to forget after making an 11-minute cameo in their 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat at Lyon.
The 24-year-old then made his first start and played the full 120 minutes as PSG overcame third-tier side Villefranche to progress to the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France with a 3-0 win.
“It was a good opportunity to play Leandro for 60, or 70 minutes — ultimately, he went the full 120,” said Tuchel, according to ESPN.
“Obviously, this will have consequences. As he played 120 minutes here, I am not sure if he will be able to play for much more than an hour against Bordeaux this weekend.
“Leandro played well — he was very reliable in the middle. He never lost the ball, showed his quality with some passes and was creative. It was not easy, but he showed his quality here.”
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani praised Villefranche for the unexpected challenge they had posed to PSG after keeping the scoreline goalless into extra-time.
Tuchel brought on Cavani in the second half to break the stubborn Villefranche defence and the Uruguay international delivered by scoring PSG’s third of the game.
Julian Draxler and Moussa Diaby were the other scorers with substitute Kylian Mbappe registering two assists.
“We were up against a tough Villefranche side, who played very well,” said Cavani. “It was difficult, but we managed to get ourselves out of it.
“After we got our first goal, the match was more open. Ultimately, I think that we deserved to win.”
Tuchel’s men will next take on Bordeaux on Saturday in Ligue 1 at the Parc Des Princes before heading over to Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie three days later.
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