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PSG won't sit back - Blanc

07 Apr 2014 17:02:07

PSG won't sit back - Blanc

Laurent Blanc is adamant Paris St Germain will not be cowed by Chelsea in Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge and will play their own game.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are bidding to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit to advance to the Champions League semi-finals for a seventh time in 11 years, but PSG will not allow their hosts to attack.

"We can't just be content with sitting back and letting Chelsea come on to us," Blanc said.

"Our ambition is to go out and try to cause them problems. We're used to taking the game to the opposition.

"Look at our statistics in the Champions League - we've always scored.

"That's a significant statistic. Chelsea are going to try to score, but Paris St Germain will as well. That's our mentality.

"We've not come here to suffer, we've not come here to have Chelsea just dictate the game to us and to dominate us.

"We know that the best approach to take is to have the ball and to create chances.

"That's the role of a top team, to be able to dominate the game away from home. Ultimately the game will come down to who has the ball and how well they're able to use it."

PSG have lost just once by two clear goals in their last 110 fixtures and Blanc believes they can exploit holes when Chelsea attack.

Despite their commanding advantage, secured by Javier Pastore's last-gasp third at the Parc des Princes, and being without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic (thigh), Blanc vowed not to waver from PSG's attacking philosophy at Stamford Bridge.

"We believe in certain things and I've always believed in this particularly philosophy, that taking the game to the opposition is the best way of winning trophies," Blanc added.

"Our philosophy is an attacking one. We like to keep the ball and we try and pose problems to our opposition.

"If we really want to be a top-level European side then we need to be able put this philosophy into practice at the Parc des Princes and away from home.

"Tomorrow we're going to have potentially some issues in the first 20 minutes.

"Chelsea are going to be very aggressive and come out to try to score.

"It's up to us to try to be very calm and even try to counter-act Chelsea's play.

"We try to enact our philosophy as often as possible regardless of the opposition and Chelsea are clearly a very good side.

"But it would be wonderful to be able to qualify by putting this philosophy into action tomorrow."

There are numerous comparisons between PSG and Chelsea after the lavish spending of foreign owners.

PSG are two years into a project which began at Chelsea when Roman Abramovich took ownership in June 2004.

It took Abramovich's Blues eight years to win the European Cup, which is among PSG's targets.

Blanc added: "When it comes to Europe, yes, of course, the club wants to win the Champions League. That's clear.

"This is a competition that is very tough to win. One day we'll, certainly, be able to win it.

"Last season we were able to get through to the quarter-finals, tomorrow we have the opportunity to go one step further than that.

"There is real ambition within this club to win the Champions League as quickly as possible.

"This can often take time. We've seen examples of that in England, with Cheslea, who despite investing an enormous amout of money, still took a long time to win the trophy."

There are reminders of Chelsea's memorable night in Munich everywhere ahead of the match.

Pedro Proenca, the Portuguese referee, was the official for the 2012 European Cup final and Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi were in the Napoli side which relinquished a two-goal first-leg lead at Stamford Bridge in the last 16.

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi said: "We're going to try to do everything in our power to cause Chelsea problems and to make sure they cause us as few problems as possible."


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