Blanc rejects Mourinho jibe

Paris St Germain boss Laurent Blanc has hit back at Jose Mourinho after his disparaging comments about the French top flight.

Last Updated: 01/04/14 at 17:31 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Has rattled Laurent Blanc ahead of Wednesday's Paris showdown

Jose Mourinho: Has rattled Laurent Blanc ahead of Wednesday's Paris showdown

More of the games that matter

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

Mourinho, who won one Primera Division title in three seasons in Spain with Real Madrid, is set to take his Chelsea side across The Channel on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

It should be an intriguing encounter at Parc des Princes and Mourinho has stoked the fires with his French counterpart by suggesting winning Ligue 1 was easy.

Blanc said: "Maybe if we're talking about the league and I'm sure that Jose Mourinho knows the French league very well. There are two really big clubs in Ligue 1 (PSG and Monaco), but if I remember correctly, I think it was the same for him in Spain, with Barcelona and Madrid.

"The only answer we want to give is to show a great performance (on Wednesday) and we'd like to show that Ligue 1 has some very good teams and some very good players."

Big-spending PSG have not hidden their admiration for Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Oscar in the build-up to the contest, while David Luiz has also been linked with a move.

Hazard arrived at Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Lille after the Blues' European Cup triumph in 2012 and has enjoyed a stunning second season in London.

"In France we know Eden really well," added Blanc. "We always thought he was very impressive in a one-vs-one situation and how fast he is on his feet and his movement.

"Since he got to Chelsea he has scored more and more goals, creates many dangerous opportunities and I've also noticed that when Chelsea is in a difficult period of the game, he has the freedom to go everywhere in trying to bring the team up.

"He's still very young, he has a lot of room for development and I foresee a very bright future."

Paris St Germain v Chelsea is live on Sky Sports 1HD on Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

David Gill confirms he will not take up FIFA executive committee post

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his post on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sepp Blatter claims he knows how to fix FIFA after re-election

Sepp Blatter says he knows how to fix FIFA’s broken reputation after a traumatic week for football’s governing body.

Sepp Blatter will not last two years, says FA chairman Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not surprised Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president but he does not expect him to even last two years.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

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