Tuesday 22 January 2019

Blanc gives pessimistic view on PSG's chances

Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted his team's frailty when he said that, deprived of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they will be meeting their masters in tonight's Champions League match against Barcelona.

"We'll be against our masters, almost, tomorrow," Blanc said ahead of the Group F game at the Parc des Princes.

It was not the kind of remark that will boost his team's confidence following a stuttering start to the season and the loss of Sweden striker Ibrahimovic due to a heel injury.

PSG have drawn six of their nine games in all competitions, including their opening Champions League match at Ajax Amsterdam, while Barcelona have won six of seven without conceding a goal.

Full back Maxwell, like Ibrahimovic, a former Barca player, believes PSG need more time to get into their stride.

"After the World Cup the coach did not have all the players at his disposal for the training camp so it made the preparations more difficult," Maxwell said.

"We've been working very hard to improve and find the form we had last year but it has not been easy."

Blanc believes the only way for PSG to get back on track is to play the kind of attacking football they have produced since he took over from Carlo Ancelotti.

"The only way we will find our level again is by playing because it is our philosophy and the players adhere to it," he said.

"Barcelona have had this philosophy for 30-40 years and see where it led them.

"We lack aggressiveness when we don't have the ball," Blanc added.

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