Beckham feeling right at home at PSG
David Beckham says he feels 'at home' in France after making his full debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
Beckham played 85 minutes of PSG's 2-0 Coupe de France win over Marseille at Parc des Princes, and the former England captain was full of praise for the way his team-mates have helped him settle.
"It's always good to start a match," he said. "It was a pleasure. I feel at home, I'm playing with super players in a super team. I felt good, but I cannot always play 85 minutes immediately."
Beckham was harshly booked shortly before being substituted after a confrontation with Jordan Ayew, but he insists such incidents are par for the course in big games.
"The coming together with Jordan Ayew? This happens in big matches like this. The tension is high. I'm not complaining," he said.
Sporting director Leonardo added that Beckham's display was evidence that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has not simply been signed for commercial reasons.
"He did not arrive just so we could take pictures, press conferences and sell jerseys. Today was the confirmation of that," he said.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti also praised Beckham's contribution, but revealed his frustration at UEFA's decision to hit Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a two-game Champions League ban following his red card against Valencia.
"Beckham had a very good game," said Ancelotti. "As usual, he delivered good passes, and played well in the axis with (Blaise) Matuidi. He showed he could play, even though he is 37.
"It was a different game to last Sunday. Marseille used different tactics. They played deeper to prevent us from playing. In fact, it was easier for us to keep the ball.
"Ibrahimovic's Champions League suspension? I was surprised when he got the red card. To see UEFA impose a two-game ban is incredible. I hope they will reconsider their decision."
Meanwhile, Marseille manager Elie Baup lamented two losses in two games against their rivals after a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double ended their Coupe de France hopes.
Their other loss came just three days ago in Ligue 1.
"It's never pleasant to lose twice in a row. Every time, in Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France, we played against PSG away from home," he said.
"But that's the draw. One time, we would have liked to play them at home at the Stade Velodrome. Then, we conceded two goals when we had possession of the ball. We were not efficient in front of the goal. And we let in two goals after a lot of through-balls.
"We were faced a great PSG team both times. But we showed a good state of mind and we never gave up."