PSG coach, Laurent Blanc, was aware of the questions about the game around despite the success against Nantes (2-1) on Saturday and felt that it will be “more determined and aggressive in Barcelona” Wednesday in the Champions League.
How do you Parisian delivery before the match in Barcelona?
Laurent Blanc: “I’ll analyze the game tonight (Saturday) not to mention the game Wednesday. I realize we have problems to start the matches. We had a fairly disastrous start to the match in Lille (Wednesday, Ed), where it has been. Nantes has caused us problems in all areas and has set a goal logically. This had the gift of waking our team. It is a reaction team. It inexplicably leaves spaces to the opponent. The key is to win but it will be much more determined and aggressive in defense in Barcelona. I handled the match thinking about the next game, it goes because we won but sometimes playing with fire.”
Do you think being able to repeat your performance in the first leg against Barcelona (3-2 at Parc des Princes)?
“The games that we just made from Barca are not references matches. But if I remember correctly, before the game against Barcelona, we were in the same situation and had a huge game out. So I think we can repeat that. We know we have things to improve. In some areas, there is a margin for growth, especially compared to last season. You do need to be patient because the players are able to do much better, especially in recovery, and it will be effective in this area on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic is the pure talent”– Laurent Blanc
What did you think of the game of old injuries?
“The small Verratti is someone who brings serenity when he has the ball. It is important to have players like that, but the important thing is that he has more pain and that was the case. He felt no special pain. This is a very very good news. Ibra needs competition but then technically it’s the talent in its purest form. Tonight he made us win the game.”
Being the only undefeated team in Europe, it makes sense to you?
“This gives no right, no extra points, not a qualification for any competition. It just means you’re doing a season not too bad. This gives mental strength but the players are aware that there are questions about the game this year.”
And the position of interim leader?
“What we missed we wanted in Lille (1-1). It failed in that goal. We’re lucky that the championship is long but these are points that we lose and I hope we do not regret it. There was the place to win at Lille. Winning at home when you want to be champion, it’s the least we can do.”