Javier Pastore feels responsible for PSG struggles this season
Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore has admitted he feels guilty about his role in the French champions' struggles this season.
The Argentina international provided both assists as Unai Emery's men came from behind to beat Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 at Parc des Princes on Sunday but has missed the majority of the campaign through injury.
Speaking with Canal+ after the final whistle, Pastore acknowledged he feels responsible -- to an extent -- for the fact that PSG are not getting things their own way.
"I played in a position I love, behind the three attackers," said the 27-year-old. "I felt good during the match and it is great that we won. We could not afford to slip up but that does not apply only to this evening.
"We know the other Ligue 1 teams are trying to beat Monaco, so it is normal that they are scoring lots of goals. We must also keep winning our games if we want to win the title.
"I feel responsible because I have not been able to play many matches this year. I try to do what I can and to be decisive."
Speaking at his postmatch press conference, Emery was relieved his players overcame a strong start from Lyon to triumph.
"After a difficult first few minutes, we overcame the Lyon opener and pushed to get the win against a team in a good run of form," said the Spaniard. "Monaco are very consistent at present, which is why it was important to win.
"We still have three important competitions left to fight for in Ligue 1, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France. If we consider the 19 games since the winter break, the team has won 16, drawn two and lost the one against Barcelona.
"We will be reminded of this match for the rest of the season. We need to demonstrate that it was an accident and that the team is fine."
Speaking with Canal+, midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who scored the PSG equaliser before Julian Draxler netted the winner, praised the supporters for helping the team raise their game.
"We need the fans, said the France international. "If we are unbeaten at home, it is also thanks to them. We need them.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.