Ligue 1: Laurent Blanc admits PSG "missed their chance" to extend their lead

Laurent Blanc: Admits Evian deserved their victory

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Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admits his side "missed their chance" to extend their lead in Ligue 1 as their 26-game unbeaten run came to an end at Evian on Wednesday night.

The reigning champions last lost in the competition on March 2, going down 1-0 at Reims, and despite flirting with defeat on numerous occasions since then, they survived almost 30 more matches before slumping 2-0 at Evian.

Clarck Nsikulu and Modou Sougou scored the goals in the second half while PSG failed to find the back of the net for the first time this season.

The capital club are still top, a point clear of Lille with ambitious Monaco a further point back in third, but coach Blanc feels his players may live to regret their failure to get a positive result in Annecy.

He told PSG's official website: "If we had opened the scoring, it would have been a different match.

"We missed our chance. We could have done more to make things go our way, but we didn't.

"We were too average in the second half to win this match, we made too many mistakes.

"Based on the second half, Evian deserved their victory.

"We have to recover well and prepare for our match against Sochaux to get straight back to winning ways."

With the Parisians battling to both retain their league crown and make a run towards the Champions League final, Blanc has regularly warned his players against complacency and 19-goal striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes the evening acts as a wake-up call to his team-mates.

"Tonight, we missed everything," he said. "We played very poorly and were unable to lift ourselves.

"There's nothing more to say. We have to play better in our next game.

"We hadn't lost for a long time. Maybe this will be a good thing in the long term. We have to stay focused on our objectives."

Evian winger Sougou, who hit the visiting defence on the counter-attack to wrap up the win three minutes from time, urged his colleagues to build on the famous win and pull further away from the relegation zone.

The three points boosted Pascal Dupraz's men into 15th place, where they are now nine points clear of danger before visiting St Etienne this weekend.

The on-loan Marseille player told Evian's website: "It was a great performance, we knew it was going to be a tough game.

"We need points because we had lost twice in a row. The most important thing is to keep winning. It's all about what happens in your head.

"Tonight we are happy to beat the leaders, but it should not stop there.

"It is a question of mentality, because there are a lot of games that we lost when we did not have to lose them when I see what we did tonight.

"We must be professional, with maximum concentration."