Edinson Cavani made a brief cameo for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night against FC Nantes but he probably wishes manager Thomas Tuchel left him on the bench.
Cavani came on for Neymar in the 87th minute and was welcomed by PSG supporters singing his name. The stage was set for him to impress.
Instead, El Matador once again embarrassed himself by completely missing the ball on his shot attempt with the goalkeeper completely out of position and nothing but green grass in front of him inside the box.
After the match, Tuchel spoke about Cavani’s performance and his place in the team as reported by Le Parisien.
When asked if it was humiliating to bring on PSG’s all-time leading scorer for three minutes, Tuchel had this to say:
“It’s better than not playing. I talked with him. The situation is very difficult for him, I know it. It’s not only hard, it’s sad. Icardi has been very good so far. We have three amazing players for a job with Kylian, Mauro, and Edison. I do not have the solution, I think a lot. He’s doing great workouts. He gives the team energy, but I have nothing to give him at the moment. I’m thinking about it. These are decisions that I must make. We have three players who are not used to being on the bench. It’s very difficult for him. He knows my opinion. He accepts it.”
At this point, a few things are clear. Cavani will not feature in any important matches the rest of the season. It’s debatable whether or not he even makes the bench for the Round of 16. His last goal for the club came back in August in the loss to Stade Rennais and shortly after, he suffered a hip injury that derailed his season.
Whenever Cavani is in the news, it’s usually about how his contract with PSG expires at the end of the season and which clubs are interested in signing the Uruguayan.
The situation is indeed sad for a club legend like Cavani but all good things come to an end. We can only hope that he lands at a club that can win the UEFA Champions League without spending a lot of money on players.
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