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(Manager) Laurent Blanc (Paris 2013–2016)

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Avausviestin aiheeseen olisi mielenkiintoista kuulla erilaisia mielipiteitä.

Teams Managed
Bordeaux 2007–2010
France 2010–2012
Paris 2013–2016




CAN BLANC LEAD PSG TO EUROPEAN GLORY?

The manager will be judged by his success in the Champions League


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After Carlo Ancelotti left Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, many wondered who would step in and try to take Paris to the next level. Ancelotti had already won Ligue 1 and taken the team to the quarterfinals of the Champions League so no matter who his successor turned out to be, they were always going to have big shoes to fill at the Parc.

PSG hierarchy chose Laurent Blanc as the ideal replacement for Ancelotti on June 25, 2013. Blanc, a French international who won the World Cup and a European Championship during his playing days, had just completed a successful run as manager of Bordeaux from 2007 to 2010. During his time at Bordeaux he won the French league once and added a Coupe de la Ligue trophy to his resumé.

PSG hauled in the Trophée des Champions and a Coupe de la Ligue title in Blanc’s first season as manager. Paris dominated their Champions League group and advanced to the quarterfinals. The club was playing attractive soccer and fans embraced the new manager. Then came the quarterfinals of the Champions league against José Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2014. Chelsea were having a subpar season in the English Premiere League and after a 3-1 victory over the Blues in Paris; it seemed like PSG were all but through to the semi-finals.

Les Parisiens came into the match confident but cautious despite the 3-1 lead on aggregate. After André Schürrle scored to make it 3-2, PSG supporters knew the team was in danger. In the final minutes of the match, Chelsea substitute Demba Ba scored to give the English club the victory and put them through to the semis. The pain of the loss was evident as Mourinho and Chelsea players mobbed Ba at the corner flag while our players wandered around in a state of shock and disbelief. What happened? Did Blanc get his tactics wrong?

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In an interview this year, Ba said PSG might have been too confident heading back to Stamford Bridge. “When [Javier] Pastore scored his splendid goal at the Parc des Princes, all of Paris thought it was all done for the semifinals.” Blanc lamented the lost afterwards in the press conference and said Chelsea’s experience was the difference. Blanc heard loud criticism from media and fans for the first time during his tenure and was on the hot seat if he didn’t win the league.

To be fair to Blanc, star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was injured in the first leg against Chelsea and was unable to play in the return at the Bridge; something that certainly could have changed the outcome. Blanc and Paris Saint-Germain rallied for the remainder of the season and shook off a late challenge from Monaco to win the league. He received a one-year contract extension the day after winning the league and club President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said he was happy with the way the season went and that he was “convinced we will win a lot more trophies together.”

Al-Khelaïfi would be proven right this past season but not before a rocky start to the campaign. The 2014-2015 season started off cold for PSG. The champions were lackluster in their league efforts and draws were becoming the norm for Blanc’s men. By the midway point of the season they were behind their rivals Marseille and had been uninspiring in domestic competition. Criticism was getting louder as people questioned weather Blanc was good enough to lead a locker room full of internationals. The formations he used were always under scrutiny as he never seemed to get the best out of Edinson Cavani and Ibrahimovic when they were together on the pitch. For the first time in three seasons, the Parisiens did not win their Champions league group, falling to Barcelona on the final match day at the Camp Nou. The press began reporting that his job was in jeopardy entering a round of 16 rematch with eventual English champions Chelsea. He would have to defeat Mourinho to save his job.

After a 1-1 home draw in which PSG looked the far better team, optimism was high in Paris heading into the second match. Still the underdogs and returning to the scene of last season’s biggest disappointment, PSG was dealt another blow as Ibrahimovic was given a harsh red card and was sent off just as the match was beginning. Down a man, Blanc switched tactics and had Blaise Matuidi play a deeper role than usual to help fortify the defense. It worked, as PSG created chances and bossed the midfield until finally David Luiz scored a header from a corner to equalize and send the game into extra time. Play escalated in the extra period as captain Thiago Silva was called for handball in the box and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard calmly put his penalty past Salvatore Sirigu. It seemed PSG would fall just short again, despite the heroic effort. Then it happened.

 


One of the greatest moments in the clubs history. Silva found redemption just four minutes away from the final whistle as he scored on an incredible header from a corner to give PSG the victory on away goals. Blanc smiled from ear to ear as he took in the scenes at the Bridge, this time with his team doing the celebrating. He had beaten Mourinho and Chelsea at the Bridge down a man.

After this it seemed Blancs men found their footing in Ligue 1. A Coupe de la Ligue title was won on April 28th and then they took the league lead for good on April 28th after a 3-1 victory over Metz. Eye-pleasing football was back at the Parc and an unprecedented domestic treble was on the horizon.

PSG would suffer their last disappointment of the season against Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals losing 5-1 on aggregate. It was a painful loss and one that would indicate a total collapse by the team and its staff. But the truth is the team had to deal with a lot of injuries and suspensions heading into the first leg at the Parc. Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, and Lucas (Moura) were all either hurt or suspended for the match and captain Thiago Silva picked up an early injury that forced him off as well. Depleted, the French champions fought hard but were no match for the Spanish giants and eventual European Champions.

 

Despite another quarterfinal exit for PSG, the season ended on an incredibly high note. After dispatching Auxerre in the Coupe de France final 1-0, Blanc and the team laid claim to a domestic treble, something that had never been done in French football history. The historic feat secured Le President’s future at the club for another season and even the home crowd showed their appreciation for Blanc at the teams championship ceremony at the Parc. The questions as to whether he can effectively lead a dressing room full of international stars with big egos will always be there for Blanc, especially if PSG fail to achieve their Champions League dreams. But Laurent Blanc has proven to be much more than just a player manager. His tactics were a crucial part in beating Chelsea and he had the team peaking at the right time to capture the league title. Now, entering his third season as the manager, Blanc faces the challenge of taking the capital club past the quarterfinals of Europe while maintaining domestic excellence. A stiff test, but one any great managers should look forward to.

Europe is all Blanc will be judged on for the upcoming season. Failure to reach the semifinals could bring Le President’s time at Paris to an end. If last year is anything to go by, Blanc will be up for the challenge and I for one am excited to see how the manager will navigate what will no doubt be a long and difficult season with expectations at an all-time high.

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Le Président on tehnyt kahden vuoden jatkosopimuksen seuran kanssa.

 

Odotettavissa tosin olikin, vaikka roskalehdet kirjoittelivatkin kaikenlaista, että Manchester Utd olisi miehen perässä ja The Special One saapuisi Pariisiin. Tyytyväinen olen ollut ranskalaiseen nämä lähes kolme vuotta ja hyvä, että jatkaa työtään jatkossakin.

 

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Nasser Al Khelaifi: “It is time for change.”

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Le Parisien, PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi has admitted that everyone’s future is on the line and that this summer is the time for change. Highlights.

 

On the 2015/16 campaign:

 

Honestly, I think that we have failed our season despite the new national trophies. We did not reach our European aims, so it was a bad season. I have been here for five years and this is the first time I feel that this was a failure.

 

It is not simply the fact that we lost in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League that makes me say this, it is the way in which it happened. I am very disappointed. We were not ready mentally and we are responsible, me first.

 

I did not feel that pressure before the matches against Manchester City. It was completely different for Chelsea: the players were nervous, hungry, ready. I did not see that against Manchester City.

 

This elimination is the worst moment since I have been at PSG. It is still very difficult to accept.

 

On Laurent Blanc:

 

I have supported him for three years. Now, we need to think about what we are going to do next season to build a stronger squad on a European level. I repeat it, it is the first time that we fail and I have to ask questions.

 

Do I have to change the way we manage? Do I have to change people? Do I have to change the players? I am thinking and big changes could come.

 

I will not speak today about individual cases. Big changes will happen, a new cycle will begin, you will see. In any case, if we continue like this on every level, we will not get to where we want to be.

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Vihdoin alkaa kuulumaan Blancin lähdöstä, jota tässä odoteltukin jo jonkin aikaa. Tai ranskalaislähteet ovat tästä jo uutisoineetkin.

 

Totuushan tuo nyt vain on, että vaikka Blanc tekikin hyvää työtä ja vei projektia kunniakkaasti jälleen eteenpäin, niin alkoivat temput loppua kohden jo loppua ja näin ollen on hyvä aika koittaa jotain uutta.

 

Kiitos Blancille kaikesta ja löytää varmasti itselleen uuden työpaikan näillä näytöillä. Kyseisen managerin uraa tulee seurattua ehdottomasti jatkossakin.

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Nyt on seurakin virallisesti uutisoinut ranskalaismanagerin lähdöstä.

 

LAURENT BLANC LEAVES PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
After three seasons at the head of the first team, Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain today.
 
In a respectful atmosphere, negotiations were completed on 27 June. An agreement, by common accord, preserves the interests of both parties.
 
Assistant coach Jean-Louis Gasset and head fitness trainer Philippe Lambert, also leave the club as part of the agreement.
 
As the club decides to head in a new direction for the management of the first team, it wishes to thank Laurent Blanc and expresses its gratitude for the work accomplished over the last three years by Laurent and his staff.
 
During his three years at the club, Laurent Blanc won 11 trophies, including two national quadruples, and left a significant mark on the great history of Paris Saint-Germain.
 
“As we embark on a new chapter in the development of the club, I would like to thank Laurent Blanc for everything he has achieved over the last three years, both in terms of the playing style and results," declared Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. "I wish him the best for his future challenges.”

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Paris Saint-Germain is happy to announce the arrival of Unai Emery as the new coach of the club's first team. The Spanish technician has signed a 2-year contract with the club. His contract includes an option for an additional season.


Eli sopimus espanjalaisen Unai Emeryn kanssa tehty. Uusi manageri siis ykkösjoukkueeseen, Laurent Blancin tilalle. Sopimus on 2-vuotinen ja sisältää mahdollisuuden lisävuoteen. 44-vuotias Unai Emery siirtyy siis Sevillasta, jossa valmensi kolme vuotta.
PSG uutisoi asiasta nettisivuillaan.

Emeryn menestyksen salaisuutena pidetään hänen epätavallisia valmennusmetodejaan. Hänet tunnetaan jopa tunteja kestävistä videopalavereista, joissa hiotaan erityisesti erikoistilanteiden yksityiskohtia. Almería oli kaudella 2007–2008 yksi Primera Divisiónin vähiten maaleja tehneistä joukkueista, mutta suuri osa maaleista tuli juuri monipuolisten kulma- ja vapaapotkukuvioiden seurauksena. Harjoituksissa Emery peluuttaa usein kahta täyttä 11 pelaajan kentällistä vastakkain ilman palloa, jotta pelaajat oppivat liikkumaan kentällä oikealla tavalla.

http://m.psg.fr/en/News/003001/Article/76075/Unai-Emery-named-new-coach-of-Paris-Saint-Germain

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Paris Saint-Germain is happy to announce the arrival of Unai Emery as the new coach of the club's first team. The Spanish technician has signed a 2-year contract with the club. His contract includes an option for an additional season.

 

 

Eli sopimus espanjalaisen Unai Emeryn kanssa tehty. Uusi manageri siis ykkösjoukkueeseen, Laurent Blancin tilalle. Sopimus on 2-vuotinen ja sisältää mahdollisuuden lisävuoteen. 44-vuotias Unai Emery siirtyy siis Sevillasta, jossa valmensi kolme vuotta.

PSG uutisoi asiasta nettisivuillaan.

 

Emeryn menestyksen salaisuutena pidetään hänen epätavallisia valmennusmetodejaan. Hänet tunnetaan jopa tunteja kestävistä videopalavereista, joissa hiotaan erityisesti erikoistilanteiden yksityiskohtia. Almería oli kaudella 2007–2008 yksi Primera Divisiónin vähiten maaleja tehneistä joukkueista, mutta suuri osa maaleista tuli juuri monipuolisten kulma- ja vapaapotkukuvioiden seurauksena. Harjoituksissa Emery peluuttaa usein kahta täyttä 11 pelaajan kentällistä vastakkain ilman palloa, jotta pelaajat oppivat liikkumaan kentällä oikealla tavalla.

 

Unai Emery (PSG 2016–)

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Laurent Blanc Will Always Be a Major Part of PSG’s History

 

Laurent Blanc is no longer the manager of Paris Saint-Germain.
 
Le President, who won more trophies than any other manager in PSG history, has been sacked just five months into a 2-year contract extension but will net a hefty parting fee for his troubles. The surprise move brings to an end an impressive period in Paris’ history in which they achieved consecutive domestic quadruples, the first of its kind in the history of French football.
 
Contrary to how many PSG fans view the manager’s time at the club, Blanc had a pretty successful tenure with the club. The odds were stacked against him from the start, rumoured to only be the eighth choice on the list of managers to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the time. Despite this he still managed to guide Paris into an era of unprecedented growth and stability.
 
The Qatari owners of the club had centered the project around building a star studded team to help boost the image of the club, establish a brand and build a winning mentality. A great move, as it saw the club expand its reaches around the globe – a necessary tactic due to the lack of media concentration on Ligue 1. Nasser-Al Khelaïfi, though, in a recent interview confirmed that phase of the project is over.
 

 

From this interview one can glean that some players were held in much higher regard than the manager. Even under such constraints, Blanc managed solid results while keeping a peaceful atmosphere in the dressing room. Not many could have done that with such a star-studded squad, just look at José Mourinho’s stints with Real Madrid and Chelsea or Pep Guardiola’s episodes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona. Then you’d understand the great task Blanc carried out for the club in that phase. The recently departed Zlatan had this to say about Blanc and his style in an interview with Le Monde:
 
"I think Laurent Blanc has done fantastic work with PSG. In three seasons, he won 12 trophies. He allowed the team to play very well. I love his philosophy a lot and the way he works. The results are positive." – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
 
This similar appreciation for Blanc’s approach to the game has been echoed by various teammates including Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti in the past. Although many have criticized his possession game, calling it slow and sterile, you can’t argue with the results. True, he might not be the most tactically adaptable manager in the world or a tinkerer like Manchester City’s Guardiola. He rather prefers to impose his style on teams and many have called him stubborn as a result. To his credit, Blanc did tweak his style considerably at times especially against top teams which he could not fully impose his possession style on, as was evident in several Champions’ League games versus Barcelona, where he opted for a more counter-attacking approach.
 
His three years with the club represented progress through many ramifications even if the past season didn’t exactly reflect that. He was responsible for making Marco Verratti become such an integral part of this squad, putting him on the right path to achieving his potential and also had patience with Javier Pastore who struggled for almost two seasons bringing him back to his best. He helped PSG grow out of Zlatan’s shadow to a great degree which helped improve the team in a lot of ways. This was evident in that 2014-15 season where he was out for a long time and failed to play to his ability due to injury, highlighted by the defeat to Barcelona in the group stages. PSG still eventually knocked out a solid Chelsea side even with 10 men – an experience which should really help ease into life without the big Swede from next season.
 
Blanc managed some great performances with the team putting out solid results against some of Europe’s top teams in those years. The major problem which ultimately affected the club this year was despite killing the team’s over-dependence on Ibrahimovic, it shifted onto others, especially his midfield trio, Verratti being the main focal point. This he wasn’t exactly able to find a solution for, and the poor transfer choices and injuries to players at crucial times really hurt him.
 
His influence in the team grew overtime and even if some other players in the team did have to suffer as a result of the preferential treatment for some players, Blanc’s man-management was great as a whole. I’d give Blanc credit especially for his management of Serge Aurier’s situation whose stupid rant was partly in relation to the aforementioned preferential treatment of some players by the coach. Although putting Aurier in the Manchester City game wasn’t the best decision in hindsight, Blanc’s maturity to allow him back in the squad despite the gravity of such insults is one that PSG will hopefully reap the rewards from.
 
Laurent Blanc, despite his flaws, did good things for this club and formed a solid part of helping accomplish the QSI project of building the team into a well-known brand. Faced with many restrictions, Blanc did a fine job and will no doubt enjoy success wherever he ends up signing next. A new era begins at PSG and we can only hope we can continue from where he left off.
 
Thank you, Monsieur Blanc.

 

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