French champion Paris Saint-Germain continued its stuttering start to the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, drawing 1-1 with AS Monaco at the Parc des Princes. Laurent Blanc’s men went into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 3-2 win against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, but PSG was forced to settle for a sixth league draw in nine games when Monaco substitute Anthony Martial leveled in the second minute of stoppage time.
"My team were so scared of conceding a goal that they ended up conceding a goal," he explained. "We didn't do what it took to maintain our lead - in the final two or three minutes you need to be more vigilant and more professional in terms of maintaining possession. It's a scenario that unfortunately keeps repeating itself and I hope this was the last time."
Blanc said he is not overly worried by the seven-point advantage Marseille holds over his team, but he suggested that the number of games PSG faces is taking its toll. "It's a shame to be dropping the number of points we have been dropping lately,” the Frenchman said. “Marseille deserves to be on top, they're collecting a huge number of points and they deserve them, but they're only playing once a week," he added. "We weren't brilliant but could we really be after the huge amount of energy we expended [against Barcelona] on Tuesday?"