Unai Emery is finding out first hand just how difficult handling a bunch of superstars is.
His Paris Saint-Germain side had made a perfect start to the season but cracks begun to show during the 2-0 win over Lyon, when Neymar and Edinson Cavani argued over penalty and free-kick duties.
The rift threatened to cause a divide in the PSG locker room, with Dani Alves reportedly taking the squad out to dinner in an attempt to repair the situation.
Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that PSG have offered Cavani a €1 million payment to surrender penalty duties to Neymar, which reflects the club’s desperation to resolve the situation.
Emery cannot let the rift develop as he attempts to turn PSG into a true behemoth of European football.
Cavani's partnership with Ibrahimovic
This isn’t the first time Cavani has been partners with a rather self-absorbed player.
Indeed, Neymar must look like the most selfless player going when compared to former PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While they were unable to do much in the Champions League, Cavani and Ibrahimovic won three Ligue 1 titles together at the Parc des Princes and won a host of domestic cups.
What Cavani said about Zlatan
Cavani arrived at PSG knowing full well that the Swede was the star of the show and he was more than happy to play on the left wing, with Ibra playing through the middle.
“Laurent Blanc has asked me to play on the flank, but also to cut inside when Zlatan gets the ball in deep positions," the Uruguayan told beIN Sports in 2013. "I stay in this central role when Zlatan stays back.”
Cavani: 'There's a connection between us'
Cavani, speaking in September 2013, two months after he signed for PSG from Napoli, said there was a natural connection between himself and Ibrahimovic that they were working hard to develop.
“On a certain level, there's a connection between us that comes much more easily than with other players," he added. "I think we just need to work on it a bit harder.
“We haven't been playing together for very long, and we haven't had the proper preparation. Still, we've proven that there is a connection between us, even though we will need to prepare more thoroughly in order to get better results."
If only Neymar was as keen to make his relationship with Cavani work as Cavani was with Ibrahimovic.
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