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​Blanc backing PSG European experience over opponents Man City

Laurent Blanc believes Paris St Germain have more Champions League experience than Manchester City but has rubbished suggestions his side's quarter-final is straightforward.

Blanc said: "Manchester City had the same project a bit before Paris St Germain. They managed to win their domestic league, which is not an easy task and some other titles, but maybe in Europe maybe they're a bit behind us.

"Maybe this shows what Paris St Germain have achieved is not as easy as it looks.

"But I'm a bit bored of these questions. Even the French media are asking is Ligue 1 as strong in terms of intensity.

"Maybe there's a case but it's not all about intensity. Maybe England is more competitive but I don't see many English teams in the semi-finals of the European competitions over the last five or six years.

"Maybe they have reached a further level in terms of fatigue. You need to find a right balance. There are problems in every domestic league."

But Blanc, whose side beat Chelsea in the last round, said: "When we drew Manchester City we were quite happy to avoid the two 'ogres' of European football that are Bayern Munich and Barcelona. We may add a third one in Real Madrid.

"But I have the impression the media and the supporters of Paris St Germain think this is an easy draw. Let's not get into that.

"I gave a speech to the players where I said do not listen to people who are saying that, they don't know anything about football.

"If you look at their squad, the number of quality players, they have great individual players. We are preparing ourselves for two very difficult games."

Ian Ferris
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