Monday, 23rd July, 2012
Paris Saint-Germain defender Alex insists that he feels less pressure playing for the French giants than he did at Chelsea, partly because the club’s owners heap less expectation than Roman Abramovich did on his shoulders.
Abramovich has always aimed for Chelsea to become the biggest club in world football and was desperate for the Blues to win the Champions League, which they eventually did last season.
This could not help but create a pressure-cooker environment at Stamford Bridge for Alex, who now plays his football for PSG.
"At PSG, we do not feel the same amount of pressure that we felt at Chelsea", said the 30-year-old.
"Abramovich never hesitated to put pressure on our shoulders. In France, we met the owner of the club, but the relationship is much less tense", added the Brazilian to Champions Magazine.
And Alex feels that part of the reason is that PSG are not yet expected to consistently challenge for silverware, needing time to absorb the vast infusion of cash which the club’s Qatari owners have provided.
"A team needs at least two years to be in a condition to win titles regularly. When I arrived at PSG, it was clear we were not going to win titles overnight."
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