PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs SM Caen
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 28th October 2011
Kick-Off: 18:00 (GMT)
It should have been a week of positivity following last weekend’s result at home to Dijon but the debacle on Wednesday in throwing away a two-goal lead to the aforementioned club, has put doubts in the minds of the Parisian faithful.
PSG were in cruise control, going 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes. A catalogue of errors, including the conceding of two penalties aloud Dijon back into proceedings and ultimately take the spoils, winning 3-2. The defeat was all the more hard to take, seeing as the hosts had rested just as many first-team regulars than their guests.
Coach Antoine Kombouare did not hide his displeasure at the result and was left to ponder at what transpired before him. He held a discussion with his players at Camp des Loges yesterday, just to ease any anxiety they have had over possible incomers to the squad – which may have destabilised morale. Nevertheless, Tony told Le Parisien that his side will bounce back tomorrow and will help extinguish the negativity from the defeat.
Although elimination from any competition is not nice, PSG will look at the bigger picture and consider Ligue 1 as their main priority. Tomorrow’s visitors Caen have been on a terrific run of form and sit ninth in the table. Despite a 3-1 loss at home to Montpellier last week, they bounced back with a stunning extra-time win at the Stade de l’Abbe against Auxerre in the Coupe de la Ligue on Thursday. Prior to their defeat last weekend,SMC had gone five games unbeaten in the league – including a win over Olympique Lyonnais.
Veteran Benjamin Nevet has been one of their star men this campaign, netting four times – one as a consolation last weekend. The 34-year-old midfielder has been instrumental in his team’s play and is proving that there is still plenty of life in those ageing legs. Livio Nabab has been on the fringes of the firs-team but his brace in midweek in securing a quarter-final place in the Coupe de la Ligue will have done him no harm and is in the travelling party for tomorrow.
Their form at the Parc des Princes has been dreadful, losing 10 of their last 12 visits – all in Ligue 1. PSG have won their last four meetings against them on the trot.
Team wise, the quartet of Salvatore Sirigu, Nene, Kevin Gameiro and Javier Pastore will all return to the Parisian’s first-XI after all starting on the bench on Thursday – Nene and Gameiro coming on late in the second-half. Blaise Matuidi is still out with a thigh injury but full-back Siaka Tiene is back.