Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has warned of a backlash from Bayer Leverkusen following the French side’s 4-0 win in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie.
PSG ran out convincing winners thanks to goals from Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and a double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic; however, the 48-year-old has insisted that the tie is not over and the French outfit should still show respect to its Bundesliga opposition.
"All matches are there to win and it is the same with this match against Leverkusen," the head coach told reporters. "We do not have to worry too much on Wednesday except if the opposition want revenge. We will be wary and we'll respect this team. We must repeat the performance that we achieved in the first leg 4-0. Wednesday is a match we need to win.
"We do not play a Champions League match preparing too hastily. We have prepared for this game since Monday. We must take this game seriously."
PSG striker and Ligue 1 top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit to play in Wednesday’s match, however Blanc has revealed that a string of first team players will not be risked.
"Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], who had back problems, is much better," Blanc said. "But Marco [Verratti], Gregory [van der Wiel] and Blaise [Matuidi] will not play Wednesday, but the team will be a competitive lineup on Wednesday.
"There will certainly be changes from the team that won in Bastia [3-0]."
Despite its fine form and status as Ligue 1 leaders, the Frenchman has insisted that PSG still has a long way to go to be crowned Europe’s best.
"I leave it to the spectators [to decide whether we can win the Champions League]. We will try to go as far as possible," he said. "There are clubs that have more experience than Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. We have to catch up.
"It will not be easy, we know, but we are an ambitious club."
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