Unai Emery has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 opening league win of the season against Bastia wasn't the kind of contest he was hoping for.
PSG, who won Ligue 1 by a massive 31 points last season, are going through something of a re-consolidation period after the departures of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and coach Laurent Blanc.
Emery took over from Blanc and is expecting to face a considerable amount of pressure to replicate the kind of success PSG have enjoyed in recent times.
In addition, he was without key forward Edinson Cavani and influential defender Thiago Silva for the game against Bastia – an away game in tough conditions against a determined opponent.
Nonetheless, PSG scraped a 1-0 victory, although Emery did admit the tight nature of the result wasn't what he had hoped for.
He told The National: "It wasn’t the match I’d hoped for, but the players had warned me of what it would be like to face Bastia. We didn’t play like we did against Lyon (PSG demolished Lyon 4-1 in pre-season) but it was a different game."
The Spaniard added, "It was a bit like the friendly against West Brom, a very defensive team who play on the counter-attack. We were a bit more aggressive (in the second half). We had four, five, six chances … but you have to score, and it’s always difficult getting the first goal."
The Parisians next league encounter is against Metz on 21 August, with Cavani and Silva expected to be available.