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PSG boss targets points record

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc turned his attention to setting a new points record after his team were crowned Ligue 1 champions for the second straight season.

The capital club were assured of the 2013-14 title before kicking a ball on Wednesday evening after nearest challengers Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw at home by lowly Guingamp.

PSG went on to lose 2-1 at home to Rennes, the visitors not only spoiling the title party but also all but mathematically securing their own survival as Foued Kadir and Paul-Georges Ntep cancelled out Ezequiel Lavezzi's early goal.

But Blanc refused to let the defeat take the shine off his team's title triumph.

"The title is ours and that's the main thing," he said on PSG's official website.

"We found out just before we walked out for the match. I don't know if that's a good way to prepare or not. We are very happy tonight, even if we would have preferred to celebrate with a win.

"I think we will do that here against Montpellier, but it's a reward for 10 months' hard work.

"Now we really want to beat the record for the most points in a single season (83) so we will try and do that in the next two matches because this team deserves to beat records."

Blanc's side, who have already amassed 83 points, visit Lille on Saturday before rounding off their campaign against 2012 champions Montpellier at the Parc des Princes on the final weekend.

The title success capped a fine season for PSG, who had already bolstered the trophy cabinet with victories in the Trophee des Champions and the Coupe de la Ligue.

"I am very happy with this third title this season," striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said. "Finally, it's done!

"The season was very long and now we have reached another of our objectives. We have had a superb season and we are all very happy this evening."

France midfielder Yohan Cabaye felt the outcome fully justified his big-money January transfer from Newcastle.

"I signed here in Paris to win titles," he said. "No, we didn't win this evening, but a championship rewards consistency and all the hard work over the whole season.

"The club has defended its title and we need to keep working hard."