PSG coach Laurent Blanc admits massacre troubling players` preparation
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted Friday it has not been easy to prepare for Saturday`s Ligue 1 clash with Bastia in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Paris: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted Friday it has not been easy to prepare for Saturday`s Ligue 1 clash with Bastia in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
That incident on Wednesday, which cost the lives of 12 people, and Thursday`s murder of a policewoman, coupled with the two hostage crises on Friday have made focussing on the trip to Corsica difficult.
"It`s hasn`t been very easy to work, the same as for everyone," said Blanc in Friday`s press conference, which began with a minute`s silence for the 13 victims of these attacks.
"But life goes on, we have to work hard and train, even if it`s not in a happy context.
"We got together in the centre-circle at midday (Thursday, for the nationwide minute`s silence) just like the rest of the country.
"Football is not pushed to one side. Footballers are citizens who are not insensitive to what`s happening.
"But life and work goes on."
Looking ahead to the game, Blanc said it had come too soon for Brazilian-born Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, who is nursing a foot injury.
Blanc added that he has yet to decide whether or not to forgive South American pair Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi and welcome them back into the fold.
They were both dropped for Monday`s 3-0 French Cup victory at Montpellier after missing a team training camp in Marrakech, Morocco.
"This decision has not yet been taken. I will take it after the match. There`s no hurry, they weren`t in a hurry to come back (from their holidays)," added Blanc.
"They did something unacceptable, it`s a lack of respect for the whole football club."