Zlatan-less PSG on the defensive for Barcelona clash

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SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 14, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PSG COACH, LAURENT BLANC, SAYING: “Barca is a team able to score anywhere in Europe, I am not only talking about

Zlatan-less PSG on the defensive for Barcelona clash

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PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 14, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PSG COACH, LAURENT BLANC, SAYING:

“Barca is a team able to score anywhere in Europe, I am not only talking about scoring at home, but away anytime. They have players, they have a group which allow them to score at any time. In the first leg we thought we were handling the game properly, we had scored a fantastic goal, and within two or three minutes, it was like in a playstation game, they scored a goal. So they are able to do this again since the players are the same. I think we will have to put up a good defence.”

SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, FRANCE (APRIL 14, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

2. STRIKER ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC RUNNING

3. COACH LAURENT BLANC ON TRAINING PITCH

STORY: Paris St Germain are counting on a rock-solid defence as the best means of attack in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday (April 15), even though they are doing battle on their own turf, coach Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday (April 14).

“Barca is a team able to score anywhere in Europe, I am not only talking about scoring at home, but away anytime. They have players, they have a group which allow them to score at any time,” Blanc told a news conference on the eve of the quarter-final first leg.

“In the first leg we thought we were handling the game properly, we had scored a fantastic goal, and within two or three minutes, it was like in a playstation game, they scored a goal. So they are able to do this again since the players are the same. I think we will have to put up a good defence,”

PSG, who are without suspended Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will have to be defensively solid and rely on quick-fire counter-attacks, the former World Cup winner said. After the away goals victory over Chelsea in the last 16, Blanc acknowledged that PSG also have to make do without several key players.

They will definitely be without injured defender David Luiz, while midfielder Thiago Motta, another casualty of their recent Ligue 1 encounter with Marseille, is also almost certainly out.

PSG’s Champions League record shows the scale of the challenge the team faces in their quest for super-power status.

The last time that the French side got as far as the semi-finals was two decades ago when they beat Barcelona and subsequently lost to AC Milan in the 1994-95 season.

Barcelona, however, have reached the quarter-finals for the last eight successive seasons. The French team have nonetheless pulled off some memorable feats on the road to this season’s last eight, and without the towering Swede Ibrahimovic.

They overcame his early red card to eliminate Chelsea on away goals last month. He was also missing through injury when PSG secured a thrilling 3-2 win over Barcelona in the group stage last September.

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