PSG owner labels season a “failure"; Laurent Blanc could be fired
Laurent Blanc has led Paris Saint-Germain to three straight Ligue 1 titles, and three straight French League Cup and two straight French Cup triumphs in his three seasons at the helm of France’s richest club.knocked out in the quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League, by a fellow oil-rich behemoth, Manchester City of the Premier League — quotes from the Guardian:
“Honestly, I think we failed this season despite winning domestic trophies. We did not reach our goal so this is a bad season. I have been here for five years and it is the first time that we have this feeling of failure.”
“It’s not just the fact that we lost in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it’s the way it happened. I am very disappointed. I did not feel there was pressure before the City games. This elimination is the worst moment since I have been in Paris. Two hours before the return leg I knew we were going to lose. I did not feel the players were ready. Whose fault is this?”
Given how little competition PSG face domestically — they wrapped up this year’s title on March 13, with eight games remaining in the campaign — it’s actually something of an overachievement to have reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League in four straight seasons. No one ever accused anyone rich enough to own a professional sports team of being practical or reasonable, though.