Laurent Blanc named a largely unchanged side ahead of next week’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Chelsea but will only feel mildly vindicated after being run close by their determined hosts.
Timothee Kolodziejczak’s second-half own goal was the ultimate difference between the two sides, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header forcing the young defender to put through his own net in trying to prevent Edinson Cavani from scoring.
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Blanc must be pleased that PSG extend their lead atop Le Championnat, but it could have been a better warm-up for the Chelsea clash. The French champions were not at their best and did not even appear to be at 100 percent.
The coach revealed that he had been looking for a more ruthless display after the match (h/t Ligue1.com):
"This is a very important victory for the championship. There were a lot of good things in this match, but we also wasted a lot of chances," he said. "The problem is we don't move fast enough in attack. We have to be a lot more ruthless in the opposition penalty box."
"We need to fix that before Wednesday's Champions League match against Chelsea. We came here looking for the result, and while we didn't play well, we got the job done. The matches before a Champions League game are always difficult so it's a good thing that we got the three points tonight."
"I said the best way to prepare for Chelsea was to win tonight. It wasn't our best game, but you have to know how to win games like this."
Although it is impressive that the team can still grind out the results when at far from their best level, Blanc will have some concerns ahead of next week’s European showdown.
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