Ezequiel Lavezzi does not believe that Paris Saint-Germain are favourites to defeat Valencia in the Champions League, as ‘favourites do not exist’.
The Argentine attacking talent took PSG’s pre-game Press conference and, ahead of running out on Tuesday evening at Mestalla for the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 clash, asserted that Valencia have just as much chance as the French of progressing.
“You cannot make a mistake if you want to continue. I think that in an instance like this, favourites do not exist. If you do things wrong, you’re out,” the 27-year-old declared.
“Valencia are a very good team playing very good football and they have experience in a competition like the Champions League.
“We do not think that anything will be easy. We know that Valencia are an important team with a track record in the Champions League that is significant.
“Matches are to be played, not to be won by talking. We have the utmost respect for Valencia on the field and we will do everything to win the game.”
Even so, the former Napoli favourite admitted that the Parisians are finding their touch together.
“We are getting to know each other little by little, and the team takes hold, and we take the most confidence as the playing time with each other increases.
“The longer we are together, the better the form the team will find. This is normal, for a team that is under construction it is difficult to begin by being a good team.”
Lavezzi shares attacking duties in the French capital with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“He is a player who has many strengths. It is easy to play with a player like him and no-one doubts that he will be great.
“He is also creating a lot of goals and that is something good and positive for the team.
“Tonight we have to be vigilant and manage the periods of play.”