Big task ahead for PSG's Blanc

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April 09, 2016
PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic

PARIS (AP):

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has a lot of thinking to do before the Champions League quarter final return leg away to Manchester City next week.

Wednesday's 2-2 home draw against City puts PSG in a difficult position as the French champions bid to reach the semi-finals for only the second time in their history, having been knocked out in the quarters for the past three seasons.

The performance against City put Blanc's tactical choices and his defence firmly in the spotlight.

Brazilian centre halves Thiago Silva and David Luiz both looked febrile when put under pressure, with Luiz being caught straying well out of position and then frantically backtracking for the first goal and Silva involved in a mix-up with right back Serge Aurier on City's equaliser.

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic need one goal away to Guingamp today to establish a career record.

The Sweden striker has 30 league goals so far, matching the tally he achieved with PSG three years ago in his first season with the club.

In his last five games for PSG, Ibrahimovic has scored nine goals including two hat-tricks.

But with PSG facing a massive game away to Manchester City in the return leg of their Champions League quarter final on Tuesday, coach Laurent Blanc may well rest him.

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