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Nov 5, 2013

Blanc bemoans 'average' PSG

Post-match reaction following Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in Group C of the Champions League in Paris, France on Tuesday.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said his team had received “a good wake-up call” after the 1-1 draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League.

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The French capital club endured a frustrating night against Anderlecht, PSG forced to come from behind against the 10-man Belgium side.

PSG’s draw, along with Olympiacos’ 1-0 win over Benfica, has cut the reigning Ligue 1 champions lead at the top of Group C, Blanc’s men needing at least a point against the Greek club in the next round to assure their qualification to the knockout stages.

After the match, Blanc said his men were “too average to win” and praised Anderlecht for their ‘courage’.

“I wouldn't say there was a lack of desire or investment. We were too average in all areas," he was quoted as saying by RMC. "We had a lot of technical errors, which hasn't happened for some time. Despite this, we still created a lot of opportunities, so we also showed some clumsiness in front of goal.

"It reminds us that before talking about a win or how many goals we will score, we have to win it on the pitch, and tonight, Paris were too average to win.

"Anderlecht have been rewarded for this match. This is a team who had a lot of courage and were very organised.

"I think it's a good wake-up call. The players put in a lot physically, they are very tired, but it was not enough."

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