Bigger tests await PSG, says Blanc

PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc admitted bigger tests await his side after they began their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Malmo on Tuesday.

Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani got the goals as PSG, quarter-finalists in each of the last three seasons, saw off the Swedish champions at the Parc des Princes.

But they face a fight with Real Madrid for supremacy in Group A, as the Spanish giants underlined their credentials by brushing aside Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0.

"The two home teams have won, but our next matches will be away from home," said Blanc, whose side visit Ukraine next while Real go to Malmo. "We need to make sure we get points away from home."

Di Maria, playing his first Champions League game since he appeared in the 2014 final with Real, needed only four minutes to make his mark back in Europe's elite club competition.

"He is a clever player in front of goal. He can bring us quality with his passing but I also think he can score a certain number of goals over the course of a season," said a happy Blanc.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2015, with the headline 'Bigger tests await PSG, says Blanc'. Print Edition | Subscribe