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Blanc - Lyon were not dangerous

2 December 2013 00:35

Laurent Blanc was unimpressed by Lyon's attacking performance as his Paris Saint-Germain team secured a 4-0 win on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck from the penalty spot in each half and Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva also netted as PSG cruised to a comfortable victory at the Parc des Princes to go four points clear at the top of Ligue 1, as well as extend the club's unbeaten start to the season.

PSG coach Blanc told Canal+: "Lyon were not dangerous. The problem was they were able to get the ball easily and always find someone in space.

"Having corrected this and putting Cavani up with Ibra (Ibrahimovic), it allowed us to have a few more people on the width of the field and thereby cut the space for Lyon."

PSG are now just one game away from equalling a club record of 27 games unbeaten in the league.

Blanc raised eyebrows with his team selection by not having a single French player in his starting line-up against Lyon, with Blaise Matuidi only making the bench.

When asked if it bothered him, Blanc responded: "No, it does not bother me.

"Listen, Blaise (Matuidi) was tired. We have to be careful with players who have left a lot of physical and psychological energy to qualify brilliantly for the World Cup in Rio.

"Be careful with the aftermath. We are fortunate to have a quality squad, so we can afford to rest players."

Brace scorer Ibrahimovic said he felt the team was clicking after playing together for an extended period.

"I think after one year and a couple of months, you get to know the team better," the Swede said.

"It is normal you play better because the more time you spend and play together things go easier.

"This year is much easier than the last year but at the same time this year we are the champions and everybody wants to beat the champions so we have double pressure on ourselves to become the champions again."

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Info

Competition
Ligue 1
Date
1 December 2013
Game week
15
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Parc des Princes (Paris)
Attendance
44829

Goals

E. Cavani 36'
(assist by Lucas) 
1 - 0
Z. Ibrahimovic (PG) 41'  
2 - 0
3 - 0
Z. Ibrahimovic (PG) 83'  
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
30
13
17
2 60'
23
8
27 20'
24
29
10 39' 41' 83'
9 36'
Coach: L. Blanc

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
25
1
5
7
21
22
# Player Bookings
12
20
27
17
28
30
24

Saturday 2 August

Friday 1 August

22:25
21:54
20:48
20:47
19:51
19:41
19:11
18:50
18:27
18:09
18:08
17:51
17:27
16:57
16:47
16:26
16:15
16:06
15:34
15:23
15:05
14:29
14:28
13:58
13:32
13:25
12:59
12:31
12:11
11:43
11:35
11:12
10:59
10:51
10:08
10:01
09:54
09:45
09:44
09:04
08:41
08:23
07:42
06:56
06:00
05:58
05:53
05:43
04:15
03:57
03:53
03:51
03:49
02:50
02:39
02:24
01:54

Thursday 31 July

23:53
23:28
22:40
22:30
22:17
21:53
21:47
21:30
21:07
19:31
19:19
19:16
19:07
18:42
17:41
17:40
17:14
17:10
16:42
16:39
16:37
16:33
16:24
16:22
16:04
16:03
16:03
15:40
15:05
14:05
13:58
13:46
13:17
13:10
12:40
12:10
11:50
11:12
10:50
10:18
10:11
09:58
09:24
09:21
08:00
07:30
07:23
07:22
07:12
07:10
06:06
05:56
05:07
03:50
03:47
03:27
03:25
02:28
00:58

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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