Blanc rues over PSG’s “average” form in Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has warned his team against complacency. The French tactician claims his team’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League has been a “good wake-up call” for Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuesday night wasn’t the happiest of nights for Laurent Blanc. Anderlecht drew first blood in the game before going down to 10 men on the pitch. In spite of having the advantage of an extra player Blanc’s men couldn’t grab the winning goal.
After the game Blanc admitted his team had to play against a valiant Belgium side. Blanc also criticized his team for their poor performance. Blanc rued over the mediocre performance from his team and urged his players to avoid further embarrassments.
Paris Saint-Germain are slowly losing their lead on top of Group C in the Champions League. The French outfit grabbed a single point from their game with Anderlecht. Benfica’s 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos was further decreased their lead.
Blanc now needs to rally his men for the next round where he will play against Greek side Olympiacos. Paris Saint-Germain only needs one point to confirm their position in the Champions League knockout stage.
However, Blanc has warned his team against further poor performances. After the game Blanc was quoted by the RMC stating that his team was “too average to win”.
“I wouldn't say there was a lack of desire or investment. We were too average in all areas,” Blanc said. “We had a lot of technical errors, which hasn't happened for some time. Despite this, we still created a lot of opportunities, so we also showed some clumsiness in front of goal.
“It reminds us that before talking about a win or how many goals we will score, we have to win it on the pitch, and tonight, Paris were too average to win. Anderlecht have been rewarded for this match. This is a team who had a lot of courage and were very organized.
“I think it's a good wake-up call. The players put in a lot physically, they are very tired, but it was not enough.”