Blanc: I don’t like the Ballon d’Or

The Frenchman believes that the award ceremony is badly timed for clubs and feels that team issues should come before individual “flattery”

Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has said he has a low opinion of the Ballon d’Or after Thiago Silva and David Luiz were not present at the ceremony to be recognised for their election into the FIFPro Team of the Year 2014.

The former France international believes that award ceremonies are timed badly for the footballing schedule and feels that team matters should be prioritised over individual accolades.

“I have a negative opinion [of the Ballon d’Or], as I did for [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic’s Best Swedish Player trophy,” he told reporters.

“These are very flattering personal distinctions but they are poorly placed in the calendar. I have not discussed it with the president but I think he shares my opinion.”

PSG host Bordeaux in the Coupe de France round of 32 on Wednesday and Blanc insists that his side will do their utmost to win the competition despite, their commitments in Ligue 1, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Champions League.

“PSG’s problem is similar to those of every big club: we want to win everything. It’s hard to win everything.

“PSG must win every match and play a beautiful style, that’s why it’s important to have a big squad at our disposal. We want to try to win everything but we’ll have to make choices.”

Blanc has been roundly criticised for his side’s form this term but insists that he does not pay any attention to positive or negative press.

“I don’t read the newspapers. I won’t respond to the criticism. I try to do my job and that’s the most important. I don’t listen to everything the media say because I’d lose a lot of time. I’m a coach and I try to do my job.”

Blanc is also undecided as to whether Ibrahimovic will be fit to face Bordeaux, saying that the Swede’s fitness must be looked after carefully.

“He needs competition but he’ll also need to have a rest. We will think about that. He has no more pain in his heel, no more discomfort.”