Boss Blanc congratulates PSG

Laurent Blanc congratulated his Paris St Germain team for a job well done after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

Last Updated: 13/03/14 at 00:01 Post Comment

Laurent Blanc: Got the better of Sami Hyypia over both legs

Laurent Blanc: Got the better of Sami Hyypia over both legs

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Fielding a rejigged side on Wednesday night after thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the first leg, the hosts beat the German outfit 2-1 to seal a 6-1 aggregate win and, despite a stuttering start, were never really in danger.

Blanc rested his usual midfield of Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi, while Marquinhos was handed a start in central defence for Alex.

Full-backs Christophe Jallet and Lucas Digne also got the nod after Gregory van der Wiel was ruled out injured and Maxwell was left out.

Edinson Cavani returned to the starting side at the expense of Lucas while Yohan Cabaye was also given a chance to impress and did, managing an impressive 141 passes and tackling relentlessly to launch PSG's attacks.

Leverkusen took the lead after just six minutes through Sidney Sam, but the hosts quickly responded with Marquinhos heading them level just seven minutes later.

PSG nerves would have been tingling again just before the half-hour when battling Leverkusen won a penalty. Simon Rolfes saw his spot-kick saved by Salvatore Sirigu and PSG did not look back after that.

Ezequiel Lavezzi put them 2-1 ahead on the night at the start of the second half before Leverkusen lost Emre Can to a red card, ending any slim hopes of a possible upset.

"Maybe our difficult start is due to the lack of experience," said Blanc. "We saw that Champions League level is different from French league level."

Marquinhos said: "It went very well for me - I not only started but also proved that I can score.

"It's great for the team. However, we must improve our defensive record. We must work harder on not conceding a goal."

Blanc still expects more from his players, adding: "I'm not saying the mindset was not good, I'm just saying that it's the Champions League and it's a bit harder. But I congratulate them, I'm happy."

PSG still have a round to negotiate to emulate last season's performance when they reached the last four.

"The competition continues. We're entering money time. It's getting serious," said Blanc.

"We're having a good season, it can become a very, very good season."

Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia had praise for his team despite seeing them lose for the sixth time in their last seven matches.

"I'm feeling a bit sorry for the team that we didn't get anything from the game," he said.

"The starting point was difficult after losing 4-0 at home but we can take a lot of confidence for the future."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Andy Carroll accuses Brendan Rodgers of lying

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying to him when he was trying to force him out of Anfield.

Frank Lampard tells Soccer AM that Jose Mourinho would 'love' him back at Chelsea

Frank Lampard has revealed Jose Mourinho would "love" him to return to Chelsea once his playing career is over.

David de Gea future key to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company