Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc said he was always confident that the reigning French Ligue 1 champions would beat Metz in their league encounter with them on Friday.
PSG were 3-2 winners as they were forced to survive an almighty scare at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.
Javier Pastore scored once and a Gaetan Bussmann own goal saw the visitors go two up before the 16-minute mark, but the hosts responded in the second half through loanee from West Ham United Modibo Maiga, who converted two from the penalty spot in the space of four minutes early after the break, before Lavezzi poked home the match-winner for PSG with 10 minutes remaining.
“I was confident even after the equaliser. I thought we would win 3-2,” Blanc told reporters post-match.
“Our first period was very well controlled against a team of Metz who feared us a lot.”
“We can think at half-time the game is pretty easy. But after the first penalty, Metz enters the game and then we had a difficult time.”
“Paris had the means to win the game before the third goal. We have seen players who have given the means to get the win. There are still some flaws but the main fact is taking three points.”