Marco Verratti believes PSG will have to play two perfect games against Real Madrid to progress in the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria has says he is not as happy as he was at the club after a difficult start to the season.

Di Maria, 29, scored one and played a big role in another as PSG beat Strasbourg 4-2 in the Coupe de la Ligue at Stade de la Meinau on Wednesday, adding to his goal and assists in the 3-1 win over Lille last weekend.

The Argentina international has fallen out of coach Unai Emery’s starting XI plans this season, though, after the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and has been strongly linked with a move away from Parc des Princes.

Asked if he was happy at PSG, Di Maria told reporters: “In Paris, yes. This season, not as much. I would like to play more. However, I am making the most of the minutes that I get to show that I deserve to be a starter.”

He added: “It was an important match for us [against Strasbourg]. We had lost in the league. We knew that it would be difficult and that we had to give 100 percent.”

Angel Di Maria has fallen out of Unai Emery’s starting XI plans this season.

Di Maria is not the only PSG player to have been linked with a move away in a possible bid to keep the Ligue 1 leaders within UEFA’s financial fair play limits.

Unwanted pair Lucas Moura and Hatem Ben Arfa, injury-prone playmaker Javier Pastore and substitute goalkeeper Kevin Trapp have also been touted as possible sacrifices.

“When you concede goals, it is because something has not worked, it is annoying,” Trapp said after the Strasbourg win. “It needs analysing. I am frustrated but the main thing is that we qualified and that we were much better than we were here two weeks ago.

“All PSG players are here to win titles. The biggest, of course, is the Champions League. This is normal. However, when you play in Paris, you must win titles. The cups are very important, even if the Champions League is very, very important.”

Next up for defending champions PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue is a trip to Amiens, which will take place in early January.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.


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