Paris Saint-Germain made history by retaining the French title on Wednesday night – and coach Laurent Blanc does not want to stop there.
Their fourth domestic championship was clinched minutes before the Parc des Princes kick-off against Stade Rennais FC when second-placed AS Monaco FC, seven points adrift, were held 1-1 at home by EA Guingamp. It signalled the capital club's first-ever successful defence of the Ligue 1 crown, although after Ezequiel Lavezzi had put Paris ahead, they would lose 2-1 to Rennes.
"The title is ours, that's the main thing," Blanc said. "We knew that just before the game – not sure that's the best preparation! We are happy even though we would have preferred to celebrate with a victory. Tonight we are rewarded for ten months' hard work."
The 48-year-old, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti last summer almost as a default appointment, has in a sense outdone the Italian's achievement given Paris also lifted the French League Cup last month as well as the season-heralding Super Cup.
His team are also in position to beat several records. A win in one of their two remaining games would take the Parisians – currently on 83 points – past Olympique Lyonnais' record of 85 from 2004/05. Four more points and they would overtake the notional tallies of 86 set by both Stade de Reims in 1959/60 and FC Nantes six years later, had three been awarded for a victory back then. "This side deserve a place in the record books," Blanc said.
Before those two matches, the players are allowing themselves a celebration, as many will depart for the FIFA World Cup shortly. "I'm very happy about this third trophy of the campaign," said 25-goal top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović, savouring his tenth first-place finish in 11 seasons at various clubs after returning from the injury suffered in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Chelsea FC. "Our season has been superb. There is joy tonight."
Captain Thiago Silva, who like his team-mates was joined on the pitch by his children at the final whistle, will collect the trophy on 17 May after Paris play Montpellier Hérault SC. He is already thinking about next term. "We'll try to keep it up for our fans – but we want the Champions League too," said the centre-back, confirmed in Brazil's World Cup squad on Wednesday.
Missing out in Europe in heartbreaking style at Chelsea still bothers midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who said: "We delivered a great season but thought we could have done better in Europe." With Blanc set for a contract extension, Paris could well improve further in 2014/15.
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