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The three points earned from Sunday night's Le Classique were the biggest prize for title-chasing Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc, who savoured a "special" 2-0 victory over Marseille.

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Laurent Blanc: PSG boss delighted with win over Marseille

Laurent Blanc: PSG boss delighted with win over Marseille

PSG took another step towards securing back-to-back Ligue 1 titles for the first time as goals from Maxwell and Edinson Cavani sent traditional rivals Marseille packing from the Parc des Princes.

Blanc's men are now eight points clear at the top following Monaco's defeat at St Etienne and the former France boss is already plotting his next move towards clinching an historic championship.

He told psg.fr: "For all the people who love Paris St Germain, beating Marseille is always special.

"We are happy to have won this Classique tonight but especially happy to have pocketed three points.

"It was important to do so after the other results of the round.

"We are now recovering well and ready to go and win at Bastia (on Saturday).

"But before that, we'll enjoy this victory. Congratulations to the players.

"They prepared well and have been rewarded."

Brazilian defender Maxwell, who last week signed a one-year contract extension, opened the scoring just after half-time when slotting home Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cross.

The left-back said: "Monaco's defeat allowed us to widen the gap and we seized the opportunity.

"Zlatan gave me a fantastic ball and I'm very happy to have scored."

Substitute Cavani then killed off the game by powering home a header from Gregory van der Wiel's delivery.

The Uruguayan had been absent for a month due to injury and revelled in his goalscoring return to action, saying: "It was fantastic.

"I've worked hard to get back. To score in Le Classique and to win it... this was a very nice evening."

Visiting coach Jose Anigo, who oversaw Marseille's fourth straight league defeat in the capital, felt his side had no chance against an expensively assembled squad targeting the Champions League trophy.

"PSG's superiority to Marseille is clear," he told L'Equipe. "Look at their bench - you know what it cost.

"Look what they have on the pitch. This is a team that is tailored for the Champions League.

"Paris will definitely be first over the finish line. I do not see Monaco coming back.

"We have young players who are new to the top level and we must let them learn.

"It is part of a project of two or three years. The talent is there."

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