Coach Carlo Ancelotti gave his pre-match yesterday ahead of the vital clash with Olympique de Marseille.
Carlo on his approach for today’s game: “For the remainder of the championship, we have to give our absolute maximum to try and win. We need the points after the loss to Nancy. It will be very hard to beat Marseille because they’re a team going through a rough patch themselves. They have the experienced players necessary to perform well against us. We will have to produce am excellent performance if we want to stay atop the standings.”
Carlo on whether he is afraid of Marseille: “I’m never afraid. I respect our opponent and I respect how important this game is. Naturally there will be a lot of pressure. That’s normal. We need to play our best football for 90 minutes to win.”
The Italian went on to confirm that Javier Pastore will start despite his indifferent form. Thankfully, everyone is available with exception to Clement Chantome. Thiago Motta, Jeremy Menez and Guillaume Hoarau had been doubtful during the week but have won their battles to be fit.
This will be Ancelotti’s first Le Classico since taking over at the end of last year. A month prior, Les Parisiens were well and truly humbled by OM 3-0 at the Velodrome, more or less securing the fate of Antoine Kombourae who was dismissed a month after.
Ancelotti also had some kind words for his counterpart Didier Deschamps. He had coached the Frenchman for a brief period during his time at Juventus before the turn of the millennium in 1999: “He was one of my players before he became coach. He has had very good results, such as reaching the Champions League final in 2004. He has done a very good job at Marseille. Today he’s experiencing a few problems. But you can’t question his capacities as a coach. He has a lot of experience.”
Quotes courtesy of the club’s Official Site.