AS Nancy vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Venue: Stade Marcel Picot
Date: 31st March 2012
Kick-Off: 20:00 (GMT)
Paris Saint-Germain travel to Nancy tomorrow night in despondent mood following a slight dip in form.
Last weekend’s uninspiring draw at home to Bordeaux did little to wipe away the disappointment of elimination from the Coupe de France and a last ditch equaliser in Caen a few days prior to that.
It has been a strange few days on the back of all this with talk of Coach Carlo Ancelotti blowing a gasket at his players who have not performed to the levels they should. Mohamed Sissoko tried to quash any doubts there might be over the character of the team in a press conference this week and remonstrated the need for the club to end up as Ligue 1 champions. He told reporters; “We have to win the league. We are in a bit of a slump. We need to pick ourselves up quickly. We are reaching the final straight, there are nine finals left to win. Mentally we need to get it right as we reach the business end of the season. We know the potential of this team. If we all pull together in the same direction we will win the title.”
It is that kind of spirit which has been – with exception to the last few results – been evidently displayed since Ancelotti took the helm. The ability to grind out results from out of nothing and the willingness to do or die has been orchestrated. However, it has somewhat deteriorated in the last 180 minutes of game time and was ever so evident at the Parc last week. With Montpellier back on top – only due to goal difference – the pressure is indeed on Les Parisiens who are expected to walk away with it and need to pick up three precious points at the Stade Marcel Picot tomorrow night.
Ironically, Nancy beat Montpellier just under a fortnight ago, doing the club from the capital a massive favour. Now the tables have turned and the home team will look to get one up on Ancelotti’s side which could benefit the preying eyes of the club in the south of France.
ASNL have been in a good run of form as of late, unbeaten in their last four including a win over Olympique Lyonnais. Their current league position does not lie, 12th at the moment, but they could be even higher had they been more consistent.
Team wise, Le Parisien is speculating that Milan Bisevac could come into the centre of defence alongside Alex, ushering skipper Mamadou Sakho to the dugout. It would be a huge call for Ancelotti to make in sacrificing one of the club’s own but is determined to make changes to iron out the wrinkles.
If PSG are to reassert themselves back in this title race and silence a few critics, they need to avoid the events of the reverse fixture last November in which Nancy won 1-0 thanks to Jean Calve’s second-half goal.