Di Maria tempers expectations

Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel di Maria has hit back at criticism of his recent form, saying he should not be considered the club's saviour.

The Argentine has been getting flak for a series of inconsistent displays since making the big-money move from Premier League club Manchester United, which culminated in him being substituted early in the Champions League game against another of his former clubs Real Madrid.

The 27-year-old has attempted to reduce the pressure being placed on his shoulders by pointing out that, while he'll always do his utmost to help the team and score goals, he can't win the Champions League on his own.

"Obviously I love scoring and I get great satisfaction when I set up one of my team-mates to score. For me, assisting a goal and scoring one is the same thing," he told BeIN Sports.

"People have to understand that I am not PSG's saviour and nor can I make the team win the Champions League on my own. I'm here to help – to add my own grain of sand.

"There's always going to be criticism but sometimes people criticize just for the sake of it because they get a kick out of it. Criticism can be damaging – especially when you have only just arrived at a club and have just put in three or four good games.

"Sometimes there is more criticism than is necessary but you have to adapt to it. A lot of things happened to me while I was at Madrid and I had to overcome them. I ended up winning major trophies and I hope the same thing happens here with PSG."

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