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PSG Hopes to Improve Against Barca "Masters"

  • Guardian, Monday, September 29, 2014 3:17 PM

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Monday said his team must get through its bad spell by playing through it. The Frenchman, who confirmed that PSG would be without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tuesday’s Group F clash against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, admitted that his team had suffered a slow start to the Ligue 1 season, and needs to improve. Barcelona, meanwhile, is top of the standings in Spain and has yet to concede a single goal.

"We'll be against our masters, almost, tomorrow," Blanc told a news conference ahead of the game at the Parc des Princes. "The only way we will find our level again is by playing because it is our philosophy and the players adhere to it," the Frenchman added. "Barcelona have had this philosophy for 30-40 years and see where it led them. We lack aggressiveness when we don't have the ball."

PSG will certainly be keen to take something from the game following its disappointing 1-1 draw at Ajax during Matchday 1. "It's clear that it is important for PSG but it does not change anything to the way we apprehend this game," Barca coach Luis Enrique said. "PSG will still be a dangerous rival."

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