Paris Saint-Germain deserved win over Shakhtar - Blanc

The 49-year-old insists his side were well worth their 3-0 Champions League victory in Lviv on Wednesday, but praised the hosts' spirit throughout the tie
Laurent Blanc insisted there was nothing lucky about Paris Saint-Germain's performance and 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk that saw them keep pace at the top of Champions League Group A on Wednesday.

First-half goals from Serge Aurier and David Luiz had put the visitors 2-0 ahead in Lviv, and though Shakhtar pressed hard to pull one back after the interval, Darijo Srna's late own-goal put the result beyond all doubt.

And Blanc believes that the result was fully deserved, though he admitted the scoreline did not reflect a much-improved second-half display from the hosts, as they went close on multiple occasions.

"The score may be flattering, but the victory is well deserved," Blanc told Canal+. "The way we played was satisfactory, to get three points here is good.

"We said before the game that the opponent was quality, and they confirmed that. They had some interesting play that caused us problems in possession, so to not concede against a team like this means we defended very well.

"At 2-0 we felt the need to push for a third. It was slow, yes, but eventually we got it. Shakhtar always stuck to their philosophy and they gave us a good game."

At the heart of PSG's defence was captain Thiago Silva, and the Brazilian claims the Ligue 1 side are confident of overcoming Madrid in what he claims could be two decisive fixtures.

"We have to continue like this, but keep our feet on the ground," he said.

"We are not in the knockout phase yet, and the matches against Madrid will decide that. If we continue as well, we can win."