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Blanc frustrated by PSG performance

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc was left feeling frustrated and let down by some of his players after a scrappy 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen sealed a Champions League quarter-final slot for the second straight season.

PSG made a poor start and midfielder Sidney Sam gave Leverkusen a flicker of hope with a well taken goal after six minutes. Brazilian defender Marquinhos equalised soon after and winger Ezequiel Lavezzi continued his fine form with the winner in the 53rd minute.

But Blanc (inset) felt his team had switched off after the first leg, which PSG won 4-0 for a crushing 6-1 aggregate win.

"It's all well and good saying to the players 'forget the first game' but it's true that subconsciously you tell yourself you've got a bit of a cushion," Blanc said.

"But there were players out there who don't play that much and you have to show your best level.

"The Champions League is a level above and I was expecting more from my team."

With Blanc resting several players, midfielders Yohan Cabaye, Adrien Rabiot and Javier Pastore were given starts, while Marquinhos replaced countryman Alex in central defence.

Christophe Jallet stepped in for the injured Gregory van der Wiel at right back.


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