Stade Brestois 29 vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Venue: Stade Francis-Le Ble
Date: 28th January 2012
Kick-Off: 18:00 (GMT)
The visit to Brest for Paris Saint-Germain may not seem a formidable task from the outside looking in but tomorrow’s hosts still behold an unbeaten home record this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men coasted to a comfortable 4-0 victory away to fifth tier minnows Sable last week but were dealt a huge blow with the injury suffered to Javier Pastore. The Argentine sustained a tear in his left thigh and will be out for a month leaving Ancelotti to ponder his tactics. Incidentally, the team have failed to win in any of the four games Pastore has missed this season.
It is more than likely that Nene and Jeremy Menez were come in more centrally to assist lone man up top Kevin Gameiro. With Mevlut Erding now at Rennes, the emphasis will rest solely on the former Lorient man and Guillaume Hoarau who will be pushing for a first-team slot. Alex will complete his move later today from Chelsea but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be registered in time to participate.
Tomorrow’s hosts are currently sitting just outside the top half of the table in 11th and have been largely inconsistent. The Parisians ran out 1-0 victors at the Parc des Princes last September thanks to a Pastore goal on the hour mark to really endear himself to the PSG support. It took nearly two months after that for Brest to register their first league win of the season – a 3-1 triumph over Lorient where Bruno Grougi bagged a brace. Since then they have only accumulated three more wins in L1.
Their latest came a fortnight ago over Nice thanks to Eden Ben Basat’s strike in the sixth minute. The win occurred on their stomping ground in which – remarkably – they have not tasted defeat all season – registering four wins and six draws.
Midfielder Clement Chantome is under no illusions that tomorrow will prove to be a difficult task. He told the club’s Official Site; “There is expectation on us everywhere this season. There will be a wall in front of us in the game. We must take the game to them and force matters. We need to make good use of the ball, keep our balance and be decisive in the final third.”