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Blanc 'satisfied' with PSG's Olympiacos victory

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 0.50CET
Laurent Blanc praised Paris Saint-Germain FC's second-half display in the 4-1 win at Olympiacos FC, saying: "Our lines worked better and we exploited the spaces left by our rivals."
Blanc 'satisfied' with PSG's Olympiacos victory
Two goals from Thiago Motta shaped PSG's triumph ©AFP/Getty Images
 

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Match statistics

Olympiacos
Paris

1

Goals scored

4

42

Possession (%)

58

12

Total attempts

12

5

on target

10

7

off target

2

0

blocked

1

2

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

6

4

Offsides

3

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

14

Fouls committed

16

16

Fouls suffered

14

444

Passes

655

329

completed

533

Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

psg

PSG

16Roberto (GK)30Sirigu (GK)
2Maniatis (C)2Thiago Silva (C)
5Paulo Machado5Marquinhos
Goal86
11Mitroglou8Thiago Motta
Goal68
Goal73
14Samaris9Cavani
Goal19
Substitution90
19David Fuster
Substitution74
10Ibrahimović
Penalty82
22Medjani14Matuidi
23Siovas17Maxwell
35Domínguez
Substitution60
23Van der Wiel
Yellow Card87
79Weiss
Goal25
Substitution84
24Verratti
Substitution79
88Bong
Yellow Card30
29Lucas
Substitution46

Substitutes

42Megyeri (GK)1Douchez (GK)
8N'Dinga6Camara
9Saviola
Substitution74
7Ménez
Substitution90
20Holebas21Digne
24Manolas22Lavezzi
Substitution46
26Campbell
Substitution60
25Rabiot
Substitution79
60Yatabaré
Substitution84
26Jallet

Coaches

Míchel (ESP) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Standings

Last updated: 18/09/2013 18:21 CET

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P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 0.50CET

Blanc 'satisfied' with PSG's Olympiacos victory

Laurent Blanc praised Paris Saint-Germain FC's second-half display in the 4-1 win at Olympiacos FC, saying: "Our lines worked better and we exploited the spaces left by our rivals."

Míchel, Olympiacos coach
If you didn't see the game, you would conclude from the scoreline that Paris Saint-Germain won comfortably – but that's not the case. We had the opportunities to score, we played well, but we paid dearly for our mistakes as happens at this level.

After the interval our intensity levels dropped, we conceded space and possession, and we allowed them to build up a head of steam. We stopped being aggressive in defence and stopped pressing them.

At half-time we had asked the players to continue with the same determination, focus and intensity – to try and win the match. At the time, they seemed capable. It's particularly hard to see us concede three goals from corners because I know how much effort and how many hours we have worked on defending set pieces.

I wasn't expecting the goals. If you watched them, you might rush to blame [midfielder Andreas] Samaris, but I won't. He had a great match in the first half and the way the game unfolded was very cruel on the lad. I'm to blame for the goals because I told the players who to mark. The fans applauded the players because they recognised their efforts. They saw a team they liked, but they also saw a heavy defeat.

I'm an optimist and will always prepare my side to win. I'm not satisfied with tonight's result because I want to win. I'm old but I still have things to learn. We will keep working because this is not a decisive defeat.

Laurent Blanc, PSG coach
I'm satisfied with the result. It's true that Olympiacos caused us problems in the first half. They pressured us high up the pitch and we had to retreat, but they expended a lot of energy and paid for it in the second half. After the interval it was our time to press, to get hold of the ball and to raise our game. Our lines worked better, they came closer, and we exploited the spaces left by our rivals.

We managed to impose our game and play as we wanted. I brought on [Ezequiel] Lavezzi because Lucas got injured. It's a privilege to have a bench of such quality players. Marquinhos had not played for four months. He was not ready for 90 minutes and in the first half he had the same problems that the whole team did. He was not to blame for the equaliser. He improved in the second half and also scored a goal.

That's also the case with [Thiago] Motta. He too was playing deep before the break and advanced afterwards, scoring two goals. The first match can shape the group. It's a very encouraging result ahead of our upcoming encounters.

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.56CET

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