Laurent Blanc during his time at Barça. PHOTO: ARXIU FCB.

París Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc spent a season at the Camp Nou, where his skill on the ball, leadership skills and ability in the air left a lasting impression.

Blanc joined the Club for the 1996/97 season – curiously enough, at the same time as Luis Enrique – from Auxerre. At 31, he’d spent most of his career in France, with just a season oat Naples at the start of the 90s.

Five centre halves

Under coach Sir Bobby Robson, Blanc was one of five central defenders fighting for a place in the team, alongside Nadal, Abelardo, Couto and Popescu, but he played a total of 28 league games (with one goal scored), 5 in the Cup Winners Cup, 4 in the Spanish Cup and 1 in the Spanish Super Cup in a season that saw the side take the three Cup titles – though Blanc missed the games in Rotterdam and at the Bernabeu.

After leaving Barça, Blanc ended his career with stints at Marseilles, Inter Milan and Manchester United and was a member of France’s 1998 World Cup winning team.

Laurent Blanc - FC Barcelona player 1996/97 por fcbarcelona
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