Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais and place in the last-eight of the Coupe de France on Wednesday night was a big deal. But, what transpired the following morning was even greater with the news that Laurent Blanc has signed a new two-year contract at the club.
This has been mooted for the past few months and at long last, PSG’s most successful coach has committed his future to the club. For the stability of Les Parisiens, it is terrific news. Laurent Blanc has been an absolute revelation since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti. They were big shoes to fill and although all has not been plain sailing, these past 12 months have been like a fairy tale for the PSG support. And that is why Nasser Al-Khelaifi was so eager to get the Frenchman to put pen to paper.
As quoted by the club’s official site, LB said; “It is with great pleasure that I have just extended my contract as coach of Paris Saint-Germain. I would like to thank the club for the faith that has been put in me. Since the beginning, I have felt honoured to work for such an ambitious club and it is extremely satisfying to coach such talented players. I hope that I can continue make Paris Saint-Germain a brilliant and respected ambassador of French football.”
Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi paid homage to his coach by saying; “I am extremely proud and happy to see Laurent Blanc continue his association with our club. Over the past three years, our coach and his staff are writing with their team a glorious page of the Club’s history, winning trophies and setting records. All conditions are clearly there to opt for stability. I always trusted him as well as believed in his ability to keep taking our team higher each season, while at the same time having them play a beautiful style of football that our fans, and football fans in general, really enjoy.”
The news came off the back of a 3-0 win over Lyon at the Parc des Princes. This was a match with such little quality for the vast majority from both sides and only came to life once Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring just after the hour mark. Lucas Moura produced a piece of magic that the game was crying out for on the left-hand side and got to the byline before crossing with the outside of his boot. There was the big man to chest the ball past Anthony Lopes.
Five minutes later, it was 2-0. This time the ball came from the right in Serge Aurier who picked out Zlatan to tap home. The Ivorian and Swede have forged a real understanding with one another this season. You can see the chemistry!
Finally, Adrien Rabiot finished the scoring with a lovely finish in off the post but replays did show that he was miles offside. By this point Les Gones had completely capitulated. The first goal sucked the life out of them!
We will now face Saint-Etienne in the quarter-final away from home.