PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs AC Ajaccio
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 4th March 2012
Kick-Off: 16:00 (GMT)
Ligue 1 takes centre stage once again after the midweek international break in which France registered an impressive 2-1 in Germany. As admirable a result that is for Les Bleus, it cannot overshadow the comeback by Paris Saint-Germain away to Olympique Lyonnais last Sunday.
Trailing 4-2 with less than 20 minutes remaining, Les Parisiens got that elusive equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time thanks to Guillaume Hoarau. In what could be a vital point gained in the quest for Ligue 1 glory, we saw a PSG with heart, desire and resilience. Carlo Ancelotti’s side could have quite easily given up hope but the culmination of intelligent tactical changes by the Coach and the spirit from the players, ensured the unbeaten start to 2012 continues. Although Montpellier’s win over Bordeaux earlier that day propelled them to the top of the table – now leading by just a point – the result in Lyon may turn out to be massive if PSG are to claim their first championship in 18 years.
The result will be in vain though if the team fail to pick up three points at home to Ajaccio this Sunday afternoon. The visitors are currently languishing in 16th, just three points above the drop zone. Their form however since the back end of December has been relatively good – registering five wins in eight and just losing the one. An impressive 2-1 victory over Dijon last weekend will also give them a sense of optimism heading into the Parc des Princes.
The acquisition of 31-year-old Brazilian striker Eduardo has proved to be a shrewd piece of business by Coach Olivier Pantaloni. Arriving on a free from Lens back in January, he has already netted four goals and has been pivotal to his team’s good form.
This will be Ajaccio’s first visit to the Parc in six years. On that last occasion they earned 4-2 win although their relegation to Ligue 2 was signed and sealed.
Parisien midfielder Clement Chantome is under no illusion that he and his team must pay respect to Sunday’s opponents. He told the club’s Official Site; “They’re (Ajaccio) getting stronger, conceding less goals and are more efficient in front of goal. They are riding a wave of confidence at the moment and visit the Parc with nothing to lose. We have to be careful of these types of matches because these are the types of games you can’t afford to lose if you want to be champion.”
PSG won the reverse fixture last October as Kevin Gameiro bagged a hattrick in the 3-1 win and will love more of the same this time around.
The club could find themselves pegged back by four points at the top if MHSC beat Dijon on Saturday which will heap the pressure on Ancelotti and his players. A win is an absolute must to capitalise on last week’s heroics.