Stambouli ready to take his chance

Team of the Week – Matchday 12

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Benjamin Stambouli admits he is taking his time to adjust, but hopes to get a chance to impress against Angers at Stade Jean Bouin on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old joined the Parisians from Tottenham at the beginning of the season, but has failed to become a regular in their midfield as he finds his feet.

"I came here to progress, to learn and take my game to the next level," he told L'Equipe. "I have needed a certain amount of time to adapt and that's normal.

“My experience in England brought me a lot even if it was what it was. At PSG I now feel like I am blossoming more and more.

“I have the support of the squad, the club and I also feel that on the outside. That is something I need because I am an emotional person.”

The former Marseille star played the full match in PSG’s 4-1 win over Troyes at the weekend and, with manager Laurent Blanc prioritising the Champions League over Ligue 1, he could be set to feature again.

"It makes sense to make a good few changes for Angers," Blanc said ahead of the midweek tie. "I need to preserve certain players and give playing time to others."