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Blanc Defends Record as PSG Wins Ligue 1
ESPN FC, May 8th, 2014 11:47AM

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Paris Saint-Germain celebrated its second-successive Ligue 1 title on Wednesday as it was crowned champion thanks to AS Monaco’s 1-1 draw with Guingamp, which handed Laurent Blanc’s men an unassailable seven-point lead at the top with just three games remaining. PSG actually went on to lose its home game against Rennes 2-1 immediately following Monaco’s draw. Afterward, PSG boss Blanc blasted his critics for questioning his first season in charge.

"I appreciate this one because, at the start of the season, everyone thought Paris would be champions with any old coach,” he said in a radio interview with RMC. “That's perhaps true, but I'm not convinced of that. You have to pick up points, give an identity to the team's play and put in place a philosophy with great players who you have to convince and with whom you have to discuss things. There are moments of tension.”  He added: "The PSG coach is not just a guy who puts down 11 names and tells them: 'Do what you want, win!' -- that would be too easy. The players are important, but the technical staff are too in both the good and the bad times."

During the interview, Blanc rejected the criticism that he distances himself from his players. "People don't know what they're talking about. There is a lot of jealousy, and that is a bad fault. It always ends up turning nasty. I don't have that fault," he said. "People need to come and see how we work. I'm at training every day, and I work just as the coaches and technical staff do. I do the same as the others -- I participate in training and in the choice of certain things. I delegate a lot, but a coach at a big club has to delegate because there are lots of things to do other than on the soccer field.”

In addition to winning the league, Blanc’s men also won the French League cup, and made it to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, losing out to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on the away goals rule. 

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