To date, Laurent Blanc’s greatest achievement in management is surely the treble he won with Girondins de Bordeaux in 2009.
However, could Paris Saint-Germain’s current campaign be an even greater achievement than his terrific season with the Bordelais?
In the 2008-09 season, Blanc—then a rookie coach—guided Bordeaux to one of their greatest-ever seasons. The Girondins won a domestic triple, claiming the Trophee des Champions at the beginning of the season before romping to the Ligue 1 title and the League Cup.
Obviously, the division had a different landscape back then—without the moneybags of PSG and AS Monaco—but Blanc’s Bordeaux achieved remarkable things, before going on to escape from their Champions League group the following season.
However, was that campaign more impressive than his current season with PSG?
Sure, the capital club may have a greater financial clout than their league rivals, but Blanc has masterfully organised his resources and remains alive in four competitions—the only club in Europe who can claim this.
Having already lifted the Trophee des Champions by beating En Avant de Guingamp in Peking, Blanc’s side could feasibly claim a quintet this season.
That, surely, would be his greatest achievement in management—there aren’t too many of his peers who could match that!