Champions League

Blanc respects Suarez display

2015-04-16 09:09
Luis Suarez and Neymar (AFP)

Cape Town - Luis Suarez's clinical display on Wednesday night against Paris St Germain put his fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani in the shade.

Cavani was left toiling up front for PSG as the hosts struggled to wrestle possession away from Barcelona.

Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals as they ended PSG's 33-game unbeaten run at home in Europe as they cruised to a 3-1 win in Paris.

"They have the same nationality and they play in more or less the same position, but one was clinical tonight in a team that dominated," admitted Paris coach Laurent Blanc.

Blanc saw his side produce a rousing second-leg display to eliminate Chelsea in the last 16 last month, but he knows the task facing them next Tuesday will be far tougher, especially after seeing captain Thiago Silva hobble off with a thigh injury early on to be replaced by David Luiz.

"That was when things started to go wrong for us. We replaced Thiago with a player who was still not fully fit either. To hope to get a better result against them you really need to be 100 percent in all areas and for my team it certainly wasn't the case," he said.

"There is a lot of disappointment. The players gave everything and are completely worn out. I hope the motivation for us will be to go to Barcelona, with certain key players back, and show a different face."

PSG also lost top spot in Ligue 1 on Wednesday after title rivals Lyon beat Bastia 2-0, and before travelling to Barcelona Blanc must patch up his side for an important league game at Nice on Saturday.

"We will need to get four or five players back before we go to Barcelona, but first I have to send out a competitive team that is capable of taking three points at Nice."

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