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Apr 11, 2014

Nicollin: Blanc was like a baby Mourinho

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin feels Paris Saint-Germain came unstuck in the Champions League because Laurent Blanc took himself to be "a baby Mourinho," according to RMC Sport.

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Blanc, 48, saw his PSG side beaten 2-0 at Chelsea on Tuesday to slip out of European football's elite club competition at the quarterfinal stage on away goals.

Nicollin, 70 -- who saw Blanc come through his club's youth ranks and make his professional debut with Montpellier in the 1980s -- told media he had a lot of sympathy for PSG, but added it may serve as a salutory lesson for their boss.
 
"Laurent, he's taken a little blow on the head," he said. "Like that, he's going to become again what he was at the start of the season with Paris Saint-Germain.

He'll be less... not pretentious, because there's no need to exaggerate, but I think he took himself to be a little bit of a baby Mourinho."

The Ligue 1 champions led 3-1 on aggregate going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge, but goals from Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba sent Jose Mourinho's side through to the semifinals.

The second-placed Premier League side will now face Atletico Madrid for a place in the final in Lisbon on May 24, with the first leg of the tie to be held at the Vicente Calderon on April 22 and the return leg in England on April 30.

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