PSG boss Laurent Blanc admits Barcelona deserved Champions League win.



Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted his side did not have enough quality to trouble Barcelona as the Ligue 1 champions were knocked out of Europe.

Barcelona reached the Champions League semi-finals for the seventh time in eight years after comfortably brushing aside the challenge of PSG.

Barca did most of the damage in the first leg with a 3-1 win in Paris and they finished the job off with relative ease at the Nou Camp, with two first-half Neymar goals earning a 2-0 win.

Following the 5-1 aggregate defeat, Blanc said: "It is our opponent who prevented us from performing better tonight, as in the first leg.

"The individual and collective quality of this team - who were giving their maximum - is not enough."


Blanc added in L'Equipe: "We must face the facts: in the two meetings, FC Barcelona deserved qualification.

"We did what we could do with our current means, but this is not enough against Barcelona."

There is still hope of a Ligue 1 side progressing to the semi-finals as Monaco host Juventus on Wednesday trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Italy.

Bayern Munich overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Porto to win 6-1 on Tuesday and book their last-four place with a 7-4 aggregate win, while Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off after a goalless first leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Blanc, meanwhile, warned it will take time for PSG to win the Champions League.

He added: "Barcelona followers know the patience it takes to win the Champions League. It takes resources, but also patience.

"The first teams qualified for the semi-finals are FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich: the elite is there, as usual. Paris' day will certainly come, but you must understand that it takes time."

Source: Sky Sports


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