Blanc happy to avoid Milan & Arsenal

PSG coach says Bayer Leverkusen will be dangerous opposition in the Champions League last 16, but admits the draw could have been worse
Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has admitted he is happy to have avoided playing Arsenal and AC Milan in the Champions League last 16, but says his side will not underestimate Bayer Leverkusen.

Sami Hyppia's side currently lie second in the Bundesliga and made the last 16 after advancing from a group also containing Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad.

Blanc insists Leverkusen's performances so far this season warrant his full respect, though he is delighted to have avoided the bigger teams in the draw.

"Don't believe this game will not be taken seriously," the Frenchman told reporters

"We avoided two very tough teams in Milan and Arsenal, but we still need to prepare properly for this match.

"We will need to watch and study this team as we need to know them better.

"I watched them lose 5-0 against Manchester United but that was not a real reflection. This is a team with great qualities."

PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot also echoed his coach's sentiments that the draw could have been worse.

"It's a good draw. It could have been worse," he told beIN Sport

"All teams have the desire to reach the quarters so we will have to play well to beat Leverkusen.

"But if we play as well as we can do then we have a good chance, and our aim is to go further than we did last season."