Dijon FCO vs Paris Saint-Germain
Coupe de France (Last-16)
Venue: Stade Gaston Gerard
Date: 15th February 2012
Kick-Off: 18:00 (GMT)
Focus turns to the Coupe de France tomorrow as Paris Saint-Germain travel to Dijon.
This is the rearranged tie from last week after it was initially postponed due to the cold snap that has hit France in recent weeks.
The 0-0 draw in Nice on Sunday night put Les Parisiens back at the summit of Ligue 1 after being knocked off by Montpellier on Saturday thanks to their win against Ajaccio, and are now within just a point of the leaders. Although Carlo Ancelotti will have one eye on Sunday’s game at home to MHSC this upcoming Sunday, he cannot afford to underestimate a Dijon side looking to make a statement.
Domestically, Patrice Carteron’s team are sitting just three points outside the relegation places in 16th. They endured two back to back defeats against Olympique Lyonnais and Valenciennes before earning a draw away to Brest last weekend – denied all three points in stoppage time by Santiago Gentiletti’s strike.
They overcame modest Ligue 2 outfit Istres to find themselves here at the dance for a rendezvous with the capital club. PSG have only faced fifth-tier clubs so far in the completion and will anticipate a tough encounter tomorrow. It is more likely than not that Ancelotti will ring a few changes, possibly giving Guillaume Hoarau some game time up top and allowing new boy Alex to gain some valuable playing time after making his debut against Nice. The Brazilian made a steady start to his Parisian career but a lack of football in England in recent months has made his legs weary.
It must also be noted that Dijon may have a psychological edge having knocked out PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue last October 3-2, a game in which put former Coach Antoine Kombouare on a downward spiral with owners QSI.
It is a potential banana skin for Ancelotti and although he will tinker with his XI, he will remonstrate to his players that they need to be on their guard and can ill afford any slipups.