CL: Let's not be overconfident, says PSG manager ahead of Man City clash
Paris: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has warned his much-fancied side that they must not be overconfident heading into the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City at the Parc des Princes today.
The French champions are looking to reach the semi-finals of this competition for the first time in two decades but this is their fourth season running in the last eight, while City have never before been at this stage.
That has led many observers to give a polished PSG side, deserved winners against Chelsea in the last 16, the label of favourites to beat Manuel Pellegrini's men after they were relieved to avoid being drawn against Barcelona, regular rivals in Europe in recent seasons.
"All the little details are important in ties like these and the experience we have accumulated in the last few years could play a part," Blanc told a press conference at the Parc des Princes yesterday.
Manchester City players warm-up during a training session ahead of their Champions League QF first leg match against PSG. Pic/Getty Images
"What I see is that when the draw was made, everyone, including us, was satisfied to avoid the two ogres of European football at the moment in Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Easy draw, not really
"You could maybe include Real Madrid in that, so once we avoided these three teams I feel like the media and all the supporters thought, well it's an easy draw, but it is absolutely not.
"The players mustn't listen to anyone saying that because those people don't understand anything about football. City's project is sort of parallel to ours. They have talented players in every area, great quality and quantity of players."
Doha: The Champions League quarter-final between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City tonight is not just a contest between two of Europe's richest clubs, it is also a battle of honour between Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
The English Premier League and Ligue 1 champions are emblematic of the domination of wealthy foreign owners in modern-day football. Between them they are estimated to have spent more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) on players, according to sports industry studies. The football clash has sparked interest across the Middle East.