Edinson Cavani has defended the standard of Ligue 1 football following Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League. The reigning French champions were beaten 3-2 by their English opponents at Anfield on Tuesday, although the scoreline did not fully reflect the Reds’ dominance, particularly during the second half.
The defeat was PSG’s first of the season and they have already opened up a five-point gap at the top of the Ligue 1 standings after winning their opening five matches of the campaign by an aggregate score of 17-4.
PSG’s domestic dominance, coupled with their defeat to Liverpool, has led to questions over the quality of French football, but Cavani has now jumped to the defence of Ligue 1 by insisting the standard is much higher than people have been giving it credit for.
“The best teams in Europe play in the Champions League and when you face them, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” Cavani told reporters. “I would like to see Premier League teams play in Ligue 1 so we could see how good they are.
“I wouldn’t disparage the French league, as France are the current world champions and many of their players play in Ligue 1.
“French teams have been playing in the later stages of the Champions League in the last few years. So I just think, this is football. It is what it is.”