AC AJACCIO vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
VENUE: STADE FRANCOIS COTY
DATE: 19TH AUGUST 2012
KICK-OFF: 20:00 (GMT)
After last weekend’s comeback at home to Lorient, Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to go one better this time by claiming all three points away to AC Ajaccio tomorrow night.
Les Parisiens showed their good, bad and most definitely ugly side at the Parc last week with some shambolic defending compensated by attacking flair. The concession of the two goals will have been alarming to Carlo Ancelotti who no doubt would have been remonstrating to his defenders over the past week that these flaws need to eradicated. Going in at half-time two goals down was catastrophic for the team but the resilience shown after the interval was certainly commendable. We threw everything at FCL including the kitchen sink as Zlatan Ibrahomovic marvelled on his competitive debut. His influence was what set the tone for the team and no question he was pivotal in salvaging a point – almost playing on his own at times.
Zlatan will thankfully be fit for tomorrow after sitting out Sweden’s friendly with Brazil during the week. The striker had been struggling with a knock to his ankle, something that was inflicted against him last weekend. The club released a statement on the Official Site proclaiming that he will be fit for the game and his fitness is unquestionable.
With one world renowned star firmly getting to grips with live in Paris, Thiago Silva FINALLY got to grips with his new employers as he joined up with the squad on Thursday. The Brazilian has been on international duty ever since he signed for the club due to his commitments to the Olympics in London. He DID play against Sweden in the week but was thankful not to come up against his teammate Zlatan. He told Globoesporte.com; “I was happy that Ibra did not play, he is very difficult to play against. In training it is hard to play against him but imagine in an official game? We talked after the game, about the result and about PSG. I am looking forward to the new season, I am a little anxious but excited at the same time. I am hoping to get off to a good start with my French league career.”
It is highly doubtful that Silva will figure tomorrow after undergoing just one light training session yesterday. He mingled with his Brazilian compatriots, notably Thiago Motta and Nene – getting used to his new surroundings at Camp des Loges.
Like Thiago, many players have been on their travels for international duty but not many had to travel as little as Blaise Matuidi, Mamadou Sakho and skipper Christophe Jallet as Les Bleus draw 0-0 with Uruguay in the capital on Wednesday. Jallet was overjoyed with a momentous occasion as he made his international bow in the first-half, coming on for Mathieu Debuchy. It is an honour which is truly deserved for a wonderful professional. He told UEFA.com after the game; “This first cap will remain one of the biggest moments of my life. I’ll do everything I can with my club to ensure another call-up for France.”
With so many players on duty, there have been no fresh injury concerns and Ancelotti will more or less have a fully fit squad to tinker with (with the exception of Momo Sissoko). Javier Pastore is back in the frame after his suspension last weekend and goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu should be implemented back into the team after completing 90 minutes for Italy against England. Marco Verratti made his international debut for Italy against the Three Lions after impressing for the club against Lorient and may well keep his place in the PSG-XI.
Tomorrow’s hosts are on a high after an impressive opening day win over Nice thanks to an Eduardo goal. The Brazilian looks certain to be joined up front by former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu who is poised to sign for them. Their president Alain Orsoni confirmed that a deal to bring him in from Italian Serie B side Cesena is close.
Mehdi Mostefa will miss the game following his sending off during the Nice win.
It is a great opportunity to get off and running tomorrow and get that elusive first win that will hopefully set us on the track towards Ligue 1 glory. Keep up to date with live updates from the game via 1970 PSG’s Twitter account.
Probable PSG starting-XI: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell, Motta, Verratti, Pastore, Nene, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic.