CdL final D-3: Al-Khelaifi gives Blanc full backing
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has made clear his "unconditional support" for coach Laurent Blanc ahead of Saturday's Coupe de la Ligue final against Olympique Lyonnais.
Blanc has come in for criticism since PSG were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on away goals by Chelsea last week and was not helped by Sunday's 1-0 defeat in Lyon in Ligue 1. Those results appear to have increased the pressure on Le Président ahead of the final at the Stade de France, when Paris will attempt to win the Coupe de la Ligue for the fourth time.
Blanc has yet to sign a contract extension to take him beyond the end of his current deal, which expires in 2015, despite the offer being on the table, but Al-Khelaifi has moved to quell speculation about his future.
"He is our coach today and I insist that I want him to stay. I was very clear about that before the second leg of the Champions League tie against Chelsea and my opinion did not change after that match," Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien. "Laurent Blanc has my unconditional support and nothing that happens on the field can change that."
'Everyone is responsible'
Meanwhile, Italian midfielder Marco Verratti says that it is unfair to solely blame the coach for recent performances as PSG look to regroup and secure a domestic trophy double. Speaking at a promotional event in the capital on Tuesday, Verratti said: "It is fairly normal to question the role of the coach after these kind of defeats. If we had scored in the 94th minute at Stamford Bridge people would have been saying that we were great. That's the way football is. When you lose, the coach is always in the firing line. But everyone is responsible."