Blanc: PSG Must Keep Faith

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PSG must keep faith in their quest for European glory, according to manager Laurent Blanc.

PSG were knocked out of the quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row, with De Bruyne handing City a 3-2 aggregate win.

However, the former France boss does not believe a radical overhaul is required and urged supporters not to lose heart of PSG’s ambitions to take their domestic dominance to the European stage.

Asked whether this team had passed up its last chance of Champions League success, Blanc told a post-match news conference: “No, you should never say that.

“Some teams thought that were never every going to win after 10 years of knocking on the door and then finally they won, so we shouldn’t say that at all.

“Certainly we’re going to have to ask ourselves a lot of questions and come up with good answers to those questions as well.

“We have to look at that but not right now because we are so disappointed and angry. We truly believed we could quality. Those were not empty words.”

Real Madrid overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Wolfsburg in Tuesday’s other semi-final, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich favourites to join them and City in Friday’s draw.

Blanc believes only one outsider per year can realistically dream of reaching the last four, such is the power of Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern.

“There are always three clubs who are in the semi-finals and then there is a guest club – this year the guest club is Manchester City so well done to them,” he added.

“We didn’t do enough in tonight’s game, we fell short across the board. The City players were very physical and imposed their physicality upon us.”



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