Blanc praises OM after narrow win

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc was full of praise for the opposition after his side beat Olympique de Marseille 2-1 at Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tucked home Maxwell's cross to open the scoring in the second minute, but a great run and even better shot from Remy Cabella levelled the scores before Angel Di Maria struck the winner in the 71st minute.

"We got moving, especially in the second half I think," Blanc said. "We are not accustomed to the opposing team playing so well but different opponents have different qualities.

"Physically and technically, Marseille were very good. My players showed solidarity to preserve the win, but now we have to string together these two games (against Lyon and Lille) before Chelsea in the Champions League.

"It will not be easy. We have to focus on one game at a time. Marseille were physically very robust but our technique was lacking and we gave away possession."

Marseille head coach Michel was understandably disappointed with the loss, but thought that his side put in an impressive shift against the undefeated Parisians, who are currently head and shoulders above everyone else in Ligue 1.

"We are sad to lose, but I am satisfied with the level of my players," he said. "It is the same sensation as the reverse fixture (which PSG also won 2-1 in October). We maybe lack a bit of experience.

"I imagined a similar game like that, but not such a cruel result. We cannot concede the way we did, this is unacceptable. It is something that we will work on in training. The match was balanced, and even looked like it could go our way.

"If Paris did not lose tonight then they are going to prove extremely difficult to beat. Several teams have asked questions of them, but nobody has beaten them."