Blanc: Bayer Leverkusen will want revenge

Following Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League tie, the Frenchman believes that the Germans will be looking for a win to restore pride
Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc is wary of a backlash from Bayer Leverkusen following the French side’s 4-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

PSG ran out convincing winners, thanks to goals from Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and a double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the 48-year-old insists that the tie is not over and that the French side should still show respect to their Bundesliga opposition.

"All matches are there to win and it is the same with this match against Leverkusen," the coach told reporters. "We do not have to worry too much on Wednesday except if the opposition want revenge.

"We will be wary and we'll respect this team. We must repeat the performance that we achieved in the first leg. Wednesday is a match we need to win.

"We do not play a Champions League match preparing too hastily. We have prepared for this game since Monday. We must take this game seriously."

PSG striker and Ligue 1 top-scorer Ibrahimovic is fit to play in Wednesday's match but Blanc revealed that a string of first-team players will not be risked.

"Zlatan, who had back problems, is much better," he stated, "but Marco [Verratti], Gregory [van der Wiel] and Blaise will not play. The team will be a competitive line-up [but] there will certainly be changes from the team that won in Bastia."

Despite their fine form and status as Ligue 1 leaders, the coach is adamant that that PSG still have a long way to go to be crowned Europe's best.

"I leave it to the spectators [to decide whether we can win the Champions League]. We will try to go as far as possible," he continued.

"There are clubs that have more experience than Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. We have to catch up. It will not be easy, we know, but we are an ambitious club."