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Julian Draxler: 'I can still improve for PSG'

Publish on 02/02/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Three seasons in, six trophies down, and on the cusp of his 100th Paris Saint-Germain game, Germany midfielder Julian Draxler says there is still more to come from him ahead of the champions' trip to Olympique Lyonnais.

Draxler has scored 19 goals and assisted 18 more as PSG swept all before them following his 2017 arrival from Wolfsburg, but with the subsequent arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the former winger has had to evolve.

"I think I can improve," the 25-year-old told psg.fr. "Since Neymar and Mbappé have signed I've been more of a midfield runner, and even a No.6 in recent matches. I'm not a goal-machine like them or Edinson Cavani, but I think I've progressed, especially since Thomas Tuchel came in."

Draxler's position may have changed, but Angel Di Maria remains the only midfielder in the PSG squad to have played more minutes than him in the league this season.

Draxler will have a new partner in crime on Sunday, with Leandro Paredes having arrived from Zenit Saint Petersburg, but Draxler doesn't think they will have it all their own way against Lyon, despite winning the reverse fixture 5-0.

"Playing there is never easy," he said. "Lyon have a good team - they're still in the Champions League. The scoreline didn't reflect the game last time. It was very tight but Mbappé had a magical evening. People said it was easy but it wasn't. I'm expecting a tough game."