Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc denies report of dressing room discord
Paris, Jan 20 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc said the French Ligue 1 defending champions are united ahead of Wednesday's French Cup encounter against his former club Bordeaux.
"I think the players are behind me," the 49-year-old former French international told beIN Sports on Monday, reports Xinhua.
PSG have so far this season failed to recapture the form that saw them secure a Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue double in the 2013-14 campaign. Les Parisiens are third in the top flight football league and trail leaders Lyon by four points after beating struggling Evian 4-2 at home Sunday.
The victory came on the back of a 1-0 Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinal win at Saint-Etienne last week.
Blanc, however, has still had to contend with questions about his position, especially as he handed a three-match ban and financial fines to Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi after the South American duo missed PSG's mid-season training camp in Morocco and then reported late to their first session on French soil.
"I think the players are behind me. It's the same in every club: when you get results, things are fine, the coach's messages get through, the players get on well. When the results aren't so good, the messages aren't received so well, people say the coach can't motivate his players. But I don't feel there is a gap between me and the players," said Blanc.
PSG beat Montpellier 3-0 in the previous round while their round-of-32 rivals Bordeaux won 2-1 against Toulouse to advance.