Blanc plays up triumph
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc insisted his team deserve to be lavished with praise for their performance in retaining the Ligue 1 title despite stumbling towards the finish line in recent weeks.
PSG were crowned champions on Wednesday with three games to spare after nearest challengers Monaco only managed a 1-1 draw with Guingamp, but they were then beaten 2-1 at home by Rennes, a result that left the capital club with just one win from their last four matches.
Blanc's side have struggled since their elimination from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Chelsea last month, but the coach refused to criticise his players.
"It was disappointing to lose the game but I hope we can get a few more points between now and the end of the season to beat the Ligue 1 points record," said Blanc, whose side took the lead against Rennes through an early Ezequiel Lavezzi goal only to find themselves behind before half-time."
PSG are only one point away from equalling Lyon's all-time Ligue 1 record tally of 84 set in 2006.