Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc admitted on Friday that his side may have to “let go” of one of their domestic cup competitions if they are to achieve their dream of winning the UEFA Champions League.
PSG won a clean sweep of the domestic trophies last season, taking the French Cup and League Cup as well as the Ligue 1 title. However, they were eliminated from the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage for the third season running, the absence of key players due to injury and suspension costing them against eventual European champions Barcelona.
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“We will try to manage training sessions, workloads and rotations, but we will maybe need to let go of one of the national cup competitions, or at least not put everything into them. Even if that will be difficult,” Blanc told a press conference on Friday.
“Have you seen the dates for the national cups? They are catastrophic for us in terms of the Champions League.”
However, Blanc added: “There is no one truth when it comes to the Champions League, no one way of guaranteeing you will go very far.
“The most important thing is to have your best players on top form in April, May, when everything is decided.”
Paris, who are top of Ligue 1 and unbeaten after seven games, go to Nantes on Saturday before traveling to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League next Wednesday.
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