PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs Toulouse
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 14th January 2012
Kick-Off: 20:00 (GMT)
Maxwell is in line for his PSG bow after being named in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad for today’s Ligue 1 encounter with Toulouse.
The Brazilian completed his move from Barcelona this week and looks set for his debut at the Parc des Princes, slotting in at left-back with Siaka Tiene currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations.
The club and new Coach Ancelotti will be looking for nothing short of all three points in their inaugural Ligue 1 game of 2012. Sitting at the summit with a three point lead they will be hoping to maintain that, especially with Montpellier coming up against an Olympique Lyonnais side looking to close the gap at the top.
Despite today’s visitors hitting a winter slump – just two wins in their last eight – they are still very much on course for a top-six finish. They behold a very creative influence in Franck Tabanou who loves to come inside from the left-hand side and play teasing balls into the box. Christophe Jallet or Ceara at right-back will need to be on their toes to quell his influence, who loves to use his pace and get in behind the defence.
Olivier Sadran’s side also share the best defensive record in Ligue 1 with the Parisians, only conceding 17 goals all season. They have kept 10 clean sheets, only bettered by Barcelona with 11 in Europe’s top five leagues.
Ancelotti knows what is in store for his team later on but will love to get a first home win under his belt. Speaking in yesterday’s presser he said; “Toulouse are a very good team, very physical. They are very organised and know how to play well as a team. It will be a very difficult match, but we want to win. Concerning my first match at the Parc, I’m excited but calm. I prefer to keep control of my emotions.”
Midfielder Mathieu Bodmer relates to his Coach’s assessment on Les Pitchouns. He thinks the Parisians are in for a tricky afternoon; “It will be a complicated match. Toulouse is a very athletic team, which has many talented players, especially young promising ones”.
With the exception of Blaise Matuidi, who is still out with a hamstring problem, Ancelotti has a fully fit squad to call upon. As for Toulouse, they have a number of players away on international duty for the African Cup of Nations, including defender Cheikh M’Bengue.
Meanwhile, PSG have confirmed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom who had impressed on trial during the team’s mid-season trip to Qatar. The 37-year-old had planned to hang up his gloves this month but was delighted to hear the Ligue 1 leaders were interested in his services. He has signed a contract until June, stating; “This is a great reward for me and my career.”