By Robin Bairner in Paris
Paris Saint-Germain sailed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 (6-1 aggregate) win over Bayer Leverkusen at Parc des Princes - but coach Laurent Blanc was still unhappy with his side.
In the early stages of the game Sidney Sam gave the Germans the lead, and though goals from Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi turned the match around, the overall display did not leave the coach satisfied.
“During our preparations we told the players to forget the first leg,” he told the press. “It is true that subconsciously we knew we had a cushion, but there were players who have had little opportunity to play.
“It’s a Champions League match – we should show our best face.
“I expected more from my team in this match of a higher level. But I will not be choosy – we have had a lot of satisfaction from the beginning of the season with this team.”
Blanc confessed that PSG can no longer see reaching the last eight of the quarter-finals as a “bonus” and must believe they can go all the way in the competition.
“Now the hard work begins, the motivation of the players will be present.
“We are going to have a very good season. It is already good but at the end of the season, what matters is to win trophies, the championship, the Coupe de la Ligue and to go as far as possible in the Champions League.
“We will wait for the draw next Friday as this may be an important moment in the competition.”