PSG's Pastore: 'I've changed a lot of things'
Javier Pastore has a smile back on his face at Paris Saint-Germain after finally getting over his injury problems and being able to get back out onto the pitch, as he told This is Paris on beIN SPORTS.
The first of the club's marquee signings after Qatar Sports Investments took charge of PSG in 2011, Pastore has had a front-row seat as the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders have developed into a domestic and European powerhouse.
All too often that image has been a literal one, however, with injury limiting the slim-line Argentine to just 31 league appearances in the last two seasons.
This season, however, he is fit and back to his best, netting four times in just seven Ligue 1 Conforama starts.
"I have changed a lot of things in my everyday life, at training, in my pre-match preparation, my recovery, getting massages, things I never did before," the 28-year-old said.
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"For the moment it's working and I'm happy, but I mustn't forget how tough it was, to ensure it doesn't happen again."
Pastore's contribution has helped PSG build a healthy nine-point lead at the top of the table ahead of their final encounter of 2017, the Matchday 19 hosting of SM Caen.
If he features, the former US Palermo man will hope to add to his goals tally, and display once again to the Parc des Princes faithful his delight at being back on the pitch.
"I have changed! Before when I scored, I was just happy and smiling! But now, after all the hard times I've been through, I still feel happy, but also a really strong desire to celebrate."