Blanc Disappointed, but admits Barca Play Better
Paris – Paris Saint-Germain coach, Laurent Blanc, could not hide his disappointment after his team lost to Barcelona. But, Blanc also admitted that Barca did perform better.
PSG give up with a score of 1-3 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals at the Parc des Princes on Thursday (16/04/2015) pm dawn. Les Parisiens can only make one goal in the final minutes through Gregory van der Wiel. They first behind 0-3 after goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu burglarized Neymar and Luis Suarez (twice).
According to Blanc, the team can not play a maximum of being forced to continue to pursue the ball by Barca. In addition, the absence of several key players like Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also influential.
“Obviously hard for us tonight. When you play style is to control the ball and then you do not master it, you suffer. We are not used to running after a ball,” said Blanc in the official UEFA website.
“In addition, physically, we are not in the best condition and we lost a few players due to injury (including captain Thiago Silva who pulled out in the first round). There are many things that we must overcome if they want to achieve results, but I do not want to talk about players are absent, “he added.
“However, the players have to give the best – we do not play that bad – it’s just that our performance is not enough to achieve results. Most importantly, Barcelona dominant all over the field, both technically and physically. They were better than us, they had the ball, and it was reflected in the final score, “added the former coach of the French national team.
This defeat makes PSG chance to qualify for the semifinals thin. To reverse the situation, they must win by a score of at least 3-0 in the second meeting to be held in cages Barca next week.
“The main thing is we have to show that we are better than this evening. Tonight I was very disappointed,” said Blanc.