Dijon FCO vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Venue: Stade Gaston Gerard
Date: 11th March 2012
Kick-Off: 16:00 (GMT)
Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to build on last weekend’s scintillating display against Ajaccio with three points away to Dijon on Sunday.
The first-half in particular at the Parc last Sunday was arguably the team’s finest outing so far this season. The tinkering of Carlo Ancelotti worked superbly as he opted to remove one of his midfield anchorman in favour of forming a trio just behind lone striker Guillaume Hoarau. Javier Pastore was ushered out to the left with Nene operating on the opposite side and Jeremy Menez filling in the middle interchanging with his peers throughout the game. The onslaught was relentless in the opening period with wave after wave of attack with a more cautious approach adopted after the interval as the visitors pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time.
With all the positives, come the flaws. Once again the defence looked leaky at times and the concession of the goal should have been prevented. Alex and Mamadou Skaho are bonding well in the middle but are being opened up from time to time by the opposition. Dealing with set-pieces is also another issue that Ancelotti and his staff will have been addressing at Camp de Loges this week.
As for the hosts, they are just a point shy off the relegation zone and can easily find themselves in the mire come Sunday if results do not go their way. A 3-0 win over Nice at the back end of February was vital with Gael Kakuta – who played under Ancelotti at Chelsea – being highly influential.
By conceding 45 goals this season, they officially have the 19th worse defence in the league – only Ajaccio conceding more – and emphasises the reasoning for their plight.
Thomas Guerbert and Benjamin Corgent will be the main threat for Patrice Carteron’s side as they look to pull the strings in the middle of the park and unhinge Les Parisiens’ defence. Corgnet in particular has been impressive in front of goal, bagging eight goals thus far.
It will be the fourth meeting between both clubs after clashes in the league, Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi is under no illusions it will be a difficult game and told the club’s Official Site: “They’re a good team. We saw Montpellier struggle against them and concede that late equaliser and almost lose. They have some very good players such as Cormier and Kakuta, and the pitch is pretty tough too! But we’ll be doing what we can to try and win a very difficult match. If we play our best football and we’re all 100 per cent, then I think we have more quality than them. But football is decided on the little details and we’ll have to pay attention.”
Ancelotti is still waiting on the fitness of Maxwell who injured his hamstring last Sunday. In any case if he does miss out, Siaka Tiene will come back into the fold. Apart from that, the rest of the squad are still intact.