Ligue 1 - Pastore: I deserve criticism

Fri, 27 Apr 14:53:00 2012

Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore says he deserved the criticism he has faced in recent months after some below-par performances.

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"I had ups and downs; it was normal to be criticised," Pastore, who joined from Palermo last year for a French record fee of 42 million euros, told a news conference on Friday.

"It's very hard to be at your highest level throughout the season. Even Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sometimes faced criticism.

" But now I feel good both physically and mentally, and I'm ready to fight for the title."

Second-placed PSG travel to third-ranked Lille on Sunday and will need Pastore to be at his best as they enter the final five games trailing leaders Montpellier by two points.

Lille forward Eden Hazard, meanwhile, is recovering from a calf injury but is still doubtful for their clash with PSG.

The in-form Belgian, who has scored seven goals and set up six more in his last seven league games, is attending a special training programme, the club said on their website.

Defending champions Lille, who are five points behind Paris, will be without suspended defender Franck Beria and midfielder Idrissa Gueye.


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