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Blanc pleased despite lacklustre PSG display

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 21 Mar 2014


Laurent Blanc was happy to claim all three points against Lorient, but admitted Paris Saint-Germain were far from their best.

Thiago Motta’s goal towards the end of the first half was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for the Ligue 1 leaders and move them 11 points clear of Monaco, who play Lille on Sunday.

Lorient caused PSG plenty of problems on Friday evening, yet a lack of quality from strikers Jeremie Aliadiere and Vincent Aboubakar let the visitors off the hook on a number of occasions.

Blanc admitted his night could have been a lot easier had PSG netted a second goal, but remained satisfied with a sixth straight league win.

“We had a tough game, especially in the first half because we had to adapt to the synthetic pitch,” he told beIN Sports. “And then there is the quality of Lorient, who are a team that likes to play passing football and play fast.

“We missed the opportunity to put a second goal that would have allowed us to be more serene.

“This is a good win, because it is always difficult here, especially against a team in form and motivated to fight.

“We were not great but we did what was necessary to win a hard-fought victory.”

There were concerns during the first half when PSG captain Thiago Silva left the field due to a head injury.

Blanc remains hopeful there will be no lasting damage, but suggested the Brazilian had been caught by a wayward elbow.

“He (Thiago Silva) has a big bump (on his head). He was put on ice,” the coach added. “He received a nasty blow.

“When you jump like that, with the elbow, that hurts.

“But it is nothing serious – I hope anyway.”


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