OGC Nice 0-0 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
After being knocked off the top of Ligue 1 by Montpellier on Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain took it back after a 0-0 draw with Nice on Sunday night.
MHSC’s win over Ajaccio had momentarily put them ahead of Les Parisiens due to goal difference. Although the deficit at the top has been cut to just the one point, PSG remain unbeaten under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti.
In what was a tentative affair at the Stade Municipal du Ray, the visitors found it extremely difficult to unhinge the Nice defence. With chances few and far between, there was a real lack of creativity on the part of the men in white and the absence of Javier Pastore was as apparent as ever.
Both defences cancelled each other out but a late flurry in the first-half could have seen the deadlock broken. Thiago Motta diligently played the ball into the feet of Nene who could not quite get his feet sorted but cleverly back heeled the ball for Kevin Gameiro but the Frenchman failed to capitalise.
The introduction of Guillaume Hoarau in the second-half gave more impetus in the attacking third and his presence in the air certainly gave Le Gym food for thought.
Regardless, the game somewhat petered out and the emphasis now switches to this weekend’s monumental clash with Montpellier – although the rearranged Coupe de France clash with Dijon on Wednesday is Monsieur Ancelotti’s immediate concern.
The Italian told the club’s Official Site after the game that he was pleased with the discipline of his players but understands they can do better. He said; “It was a very difficult match, like all matches at this time of the year. We’re tried to win and created some good chances towards the end. We played some good, disciplined football. We could have done better, because we had scoring opportunities that we didn’t take. We’re still leading the league and the next Ligue 1 match against Montpellier will be very important. We need to stay confident”.
Incidentally, defender Alex finally made his debut for the club but his lack of match fitness resulted in him being replaced by Christophe Jallet.