PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs AJ Auxerre
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 4th December 2011
Kick-Off: 16:00 (GMT)
No win in four, three defeats in a row, the pressure Paris Saint-Germain are under to get a result at home to Auxerre this afternoon is huge.
With Montpellier and Lille both winning yesterday the Parisians now lie in 3rd place, five points off the top. A defeat today would be a monumental setback in their Ligue 1 quest and may also seal the fate of Coach Antoine Kombouare.
Reports have surfaced over the weekend that even if his team comes out victorious later on today, it will not be enough to save his job. Le Parisien believes that the defeat in midweek to Red Bull Salzburg convinced QSI that a change in Coach was imperative.
Nevertheless, Tony still remains upbeat. Although he realises there is distinctive problems with form and fitness, he still has belief in his team.
Speaking to the club’s Official Site, he said:
“Consecutive defeats bring doubts and a loss of confidence. Our players are struggling with form at the moment. Those players that didn’t have a whole preseason are feeling it now. We’re not as sure of ourselves out on the pitch. There are lots of little factors that are contributing to our not winning matches. But I still have every faith in my players and the ability. We need to lift our heads and get going again with a win versus Auxerre.”
Today’s visitors currently sit in 16th place, one point above the relegation zone. They have only managed one win in seven league games, coming against Toulouse at the beginning of November. Their form has nosedived drastically since October, after going nine games unbeaten in all competitions.
Alain Traore, whose early season form earned an array of superlatives, has seen his form suffer as a result of the team’s plight. Although he has already bagged seven goals in Ligue 1, he has only found the net twice since the back end of September. That is a huge worry for Coach ….. who has been over reliant on the talisman.
Nevertheless, PSG will know that despite their lack of form, Traore and AJA will provide a stern test. Underestimation should not even enter the equation after being humbled by relegation battlers AS Nancy two weeks ago and Kombouare will drum that into his players.
Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez will return to the fold after missing the Europa League game in midweek. Diego Lugano however is still out, so either Milan Bisevac or Zoumana Camara will partner skipper Mamadou Sakho in central defence.
This could be a defining game in the future of both the club and Kombouare with a defeat being catastrophic for both.