Laurent Blanc says that he is extremely lucky to have avoided a tie against Barcelona in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
The French outfit went past Chelsea with relative ease in the last 16 round. They were so strong against the English champions that many now see PSG as a real alternative to the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the title. The strength in depth is a major reason behind PSG being backed heavily against the likes of Real Madrid or other European clubs with better pedigree.
In the past, PSG have gone past the last 16 round only to be knocked out by Barcelona. Blanc says that he feels extremely fortunate to have avoided the Catalan club, who are closing in on a run of 14 matches unbeaten in all competitions. The trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar will prove difficult for any team to handle. PSG are no exception even though they have some of the best defenders in the world like Thiago Silva and David Luiz. Coming up against Barcelona would have also reduced any advantage that PSG might have when it comes to resting players. After their league success with eight games to spare, the club can afford to rest players but Barcelona are also in a similar position.
“We watched FC Barcelona players during the whole season. They have a lot of incredible players and we’re happy for avoiding them in the next round. We will face another big club which is Manchester City. We don’t have more qualification chances compared to them but it’s a fifty fifty challenge. The chances are equal,” said the French club’s manager. Only last season, Blanc’s position at the club appeared untenable due to poor results in European competitions but he is now back in the favour once again.