As Laurent Blanc said in his pre-match presser, the aim is to keep on winning. Following on from that valiant 2-1 win over Chelsea, Stade de Reims makes the visit to the Parc des Princes tomorrow.
Blanc put it mildly. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “We prepare for every match looking for the win. It’s the same thing for Saturday’s match, with no disrespect to Reims. We’re not second-guessing ourselves. We have to win matches. It’s the best preparation for the big matches that are coming up. Having game time, playing, winning. That’s the most important thing. We mustn’t focus on the date of when the title is won. We’re not yet champions, but when that becomes the case, we’ll be very happy.”
Last week’s stalemate at home to Lille was no big surprise really. The team was rotated, big players rested. All in preparation for the visit of Chelsea three days later. It ended up being a sensible decision as we ran out victors. We do have the luxury to do this due to our hefty lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Our stunning 24-point lead is still intact as Monaco failed to beat Saint-Etienne last Sunday. Having hit the 70-point mark already just beggars belief. But, you definitely sense from Blanc and the players that they want to achieve a remarkable unbeaten season in the league.
Our opponents Reims are loitering just above the relegation places but despite losing at home to Bastia last week, they did rack up two back to back wins over Angers and Caen. We had to rely on a quick-fire goal from Edinson Cavani late on to rescue a point last September and they are not coming to the Parc just to ‘take pictures’ as coach Olivier Guegan put it in his pre-match comments. He said; “If we go there to just take pictures then it’ll be difficult. We must go to the Parc with great determination and a desire to play the game with great intensity and positive aggression. Now I think it will depend on what Paris offer. If this is the Paris of Tuesday in the Champions League, there are few teams that can resist”.