Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has revealed he is envious of the unlimited supply of talent in the Paris Saint-Germain squad, according to the Evening Standard.
PSG snatched a 2-1 victory over the Blues in the Champions League last 16 first leg at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night thanks to a late strike from Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, who came off the bench in the 73rd minute.
Cavani was the first of three second-half substitutes followed by Adrien Rabiot and Javier Pastore, who manager Laurent Blanc called upon to help wrestle the tie in favour of the French side.
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The trio replaced Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Moura, all three accomplished senior internationals with Italy, France and Brazil respectively.
Considering the wealth of talent Blanc can leave on the bench whilst barely diminishing the quality of his starting XI, Hiddink conceded he is jealous of his opposite number’s capacity to substitute one top-class player for another.
"I have to say I envy the bench of PSG: a very strong bench, and a squad of 15 or 16 international players, which is very good," he said.
"If you see what this team can bring on in the second half, world-class players as substitutes. This is a very strong PSG side, a very well built team given their total squad."
Hiddink's bench consisted of Loic Remy, Bertrand Traore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Matt Miazga, Kenedy and Asmir Begovic, though he elected to make only one change throughout the match by replacing the struggling Eden Hazard with Oscar halfway through the second period.
In light of the Dutchman’s comments, the collective transfer fees of each team suggests his perceived difference in quality between the two squads is understandable.
According to Transfermarkt, the current PSG team costs in excess of £338 million to assemble, which is almost £70 million more than their London counterparts.
The most expensive arrivals on the club’s books include £48 million striker Edison Cavani, £47 million playmaker Angel Di Maria and £37 million centre-back David Luiz.