Blanc: PSG can't constantly rely on Ibrahimovic

The coach is concerned by the lack of goals coming from elsewhere in his side and has demanded they start to contribute more during the second half of the season
Laurent Blanc has warned his side that they must all pull their weight in front of goal after Paris Saint-Germain drew 2-2 with Lille, claiming that they can no longer rely so heavily on star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swede found the net for the 27th time this season to put Les Parisiens in front, but Les Dogues turned the game on its head with goals from Rio Mavuba and Salomon Kalou and only a late Marko Basa own goal gave the hosts a share of the spoils.

Blanc stated afterwards that his side cannot continue to be so dependent upon Ibrahimovic and fellow forward Edinson Cavani, who missed the game for personal reasons.

“There is a bit of everything, regret and satisfaction on the back of the match,” Blanc told Canal+.

“The regret is not getting into half-time with the lead. I am satisfied with the performance but I am disappointed with the result, although Lille could also have won.

“Our offensive potential is not limited to Ibrahimovic and Cavani. Everybody must be efficient and effective; we have the players who have the potential to do better.

“This is a part of our game that needs to be improved in the second half of the season.”

Ibrahimovic was involved in an altercation with Mavuba in the first half, an incident which saw the Swede hit the deck. The France international wasn’t sent off, though, and after the game he laughed about the incident with Canal+.

“He’s two meters tall, I’ve touched his head and he fallen,” Mavuba explained.

“Ibrahimovic provoked me. Maybe in the Champions League it’s a red card but the referee today was intelligent.”