PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi confident Laurent Blanc will not buckle

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Under-pressure Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has been told his job is safe by president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

The capital club had to settle for a fourth draw in Ligue 1 so far this season when Samuel Umtiti’s late strike earned Lyon a share of the spoils at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani had given Les Parisiens a first-half lead but the home side were stunned when Umtiti struck six minutes from the end in a rare foray forward by the visitors.

Boos echoed around the stadium at the final whistle and the latest setback means the French champions have taken just 10 points from their opening six games – their worst start to a Ligue 1 season under the ownership of the Qatar Investment Authority.

The draw came just four days after the capital giants squandered another Cavani-inspired lead to draw 1-1 in Amsterdam against Eredivisie champions Ajax in the Champions League.

Al-Khelaifi admitted recent results had fallen below his and the club’s expectations, but insisted he still had faith in former France defender Blanc.

The club president said the 48-year-old’s position was not in jeopardy although he warned he expects results to pick up.

He told reporters after the game at the Parc des Princes: “It is not in danger, he will be there with us until the end of the season.
“This is not the level of PSG, for sure. We must work harder every day. But I’m very confident for the future.”

Paris Saint-Germain travel to Stade Michel d’Ornano to take on Caen on Wednesday and are currently priced 1.50 in the match betting. The home side are quoted at 6.03 and the draw is available to back at 4.04.

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