With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured, Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani could finally get the chance to prove himself at the highest level against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, PSG coach Laurent Blanc revealed. The Uruguayan striker was on target during PSG’s easy 3-0 stroll against Reims in Ligue 1 on Saturday, a result that saw the defending Ligue 1 champ maintain its massive 13-point lead over second-place AS Monaco.
Cavani, who is very much the understudy to Ibrahimovic in the striker role at the Parc des Princes, has publicly complained about playing out wide for most of the season, saying that he spends too much time defending and would rather focus his energy on scoring.
After the win against Reims, Blanc said: "I'm not going to start reading everything the players say otherwise I'll never see the end of it. The fact that Ibrahimovic is out now might make Cavani happy," The PSG coach added: "Cavani doesn't have anything to prove, he's scored a lot of goals even though he's been playing in a position he doesn't like.” Despite his 22 goals in all competitions this season, Blanc added that Cavani, "hasn't quite got back to his best level yet, but you'll see that he will have a great end to the season and will score a lot of goals.”
With Ibrahimovic sidelined with a hamstring injury following PSG’s 3-1 first-leg win against Chelsea in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series, the former Napoli man will finally get a chance to start at striker in Europe’s most important club competition. He will also be looking for revenge against Chelsea, as the Blues ousted he and his Napoli teammates from the competition in 2012 after leading their round of 16 series by the same scoreline after the first leg.