The coach is thrilled with his side’s form since the turn of the year and is now confident that they will wrap up a third successive French championship
Laurent Blanc says that since January Paris Saint-Germain have set “a pace of champions” in the Ligue 1 title race and now all that is left for his side to do is make it to the finish line.
The capital club made a sluggish start to the defence of their domestic crown and looked set to be involved in a three-way fight for the championship with Lyon and Marseille.
However, the latter stumbled down the final stretch, while a 6-0 win over Guingamp on Friday night means that PSG are now six points ahead of second-placed Lyon, who travel to Caen on Saturday,
Consequently, Blanc is proud of his side’s campaign, given that they are perfectly placed to record a treble, having already claimed the Coupe de la Ligue and made the final of the Coupe de France.
Indeed, the World Cup winner is particularly pleased by the way in which PSG responded to their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Barcelona and concentrated themselves on claiming a third successive Ligue 1 title.
“I have no regrets. This season we had those returning from a tough World Cup and some delayed international recoveries,” the PSG boss told beIN Sports.
“The season has been complicated. Despite this, we have not lost many points. Since January, we have set a pace of champions and we should not be afraid to say it.
“Let’s confirm this in the two remaining matches.”
Edinson Cavani hit a hat-trick in the demolition of Guingamp, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and created another, for Brazilian defender Maxwell.
However, Blanc was just as enthused by his side’s defensive work as their offensive excellence, given the clean sheet was their first at the Parc des Princes since January.
“What makes me happy is the score, but also the manner of the win,” the World Cup winner added.
“For five or six games now my team have realised they have to be ready for the final straight and we have done that.
“We all worked hard to get the ball back when we lost it, at half time I said that I did not want to concede.
“It’s great to score and not concede as the goal difference becomes greater.
“The collective determination gave me great pleasure.”
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