Saint-Colomban Locmine vs Paris Saint-Germain
Coupe de France
Venue: Stade du Moustoir
Date: 8th January 2012
Kick-Off: 16:30 (GMT)
Carlo Ancelotti takes charge of his first competitive game as Paris Saint-Germain Coach tomorrow against Saint-Colomban Locmine in the Coupe de France.
A successful mid-season trip to the Middle East this past week has allowed the Italian to get to know his players, as well as implement some of his philosophies on the training pitch. His infamous Christmas tree formation (4-3-2-1) was tried and tested against Italian giants AC Milan on Wednesday, just falling short in a 1-0 defeat thanks to Alexandre Pato’s early strike. Nevertheless, it was still a good exercise that proved to be worthwhile with the players regaining their sharpness in preparation for the months ahead.
As for tomorrow’s encounter, it is a serious case of David versus Goliath as the wealthiest footballing entity in France goes toe to toe with the fifth tier minnows. To put into context at just how vast the contrast is, Ancelotti’s monthly salary (estimated at around €500k) is 500 times more than his counterpart in the dugout, Didier Noblet.
Speaking to RMC Sport, the SCL Coach said regarding that fact; “That’s more than twice the annual budget of the club so it leaves us a little stunned. But that is not what I’m going to watch. First I will shake the hand of a great coach. As a coach, there is not much better at the moment.”
The game is taking place at Lorient’s Stade du Moustoir, as the home of the Championnat de France amateur 2 side does not befit a game of such magnitude.
The minnows are currently sitting in 8th place but are unbeaten in the last seven, which included a 7-2 thumping away to Olonne sur Mer Stade.
As for the Parisians, it will be more than likely that marquee names will be rested, but as to whom and how many remains to be seen. Ancelotti will see this as an ideal opportunity to make full use of his squad, and to give some of the younger prospects that are chomping at the bit a run out.
No game should ever be taken lightly but if the new Coach cannot get off to a winning start against a fifth tier club, egg will be well and truly splattered over the faces of the four time European Cup winner and club owners QSI.