AS NANCY VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
VENUE: STADE MARCEL PICOT
DATE: 27TH OCTOBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 19:00 (GMT)
After coasting to victory in Croatia in midweek, Paris Saint-Germain can open up a three point lead at the top of Ligue 1 – momentarily at least – with a victory away to rock bottom AS Nancy.
The 2-0 win in Zagreb on Wednesday was an accomplished display. The team absolutely dominated the 90 minutes from start to finish against a side that opted to invite pressure and ultimately paid the price for it. The interplay between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jeremy Menez was without doubt the highlight of the night. Not only did both get on the scoresheet, they continued their early season form and it evident that there is a real understanding between the two. Menez has thrived in the presence of Zlatan and it is making him better off for it.
The return of Marco Verratti after his suspension was also a big plus and he slotted back into the fold superbly alongside Blaise Matuidi. Mathieu Bodmer completed the midfield trio but his rustiness after his injury was obvious.
All in all, a very good nights work for Carlo Ancelotti and his team who will more than fancy picking up all three points against struggling Les Chardons.
They sit at the foot of the table, three points adrift of safety. Even since their opening day win at home to Brest their form has been nothing short of dreadful. They went on a run where six consecutive league games – seven if you count the Coupe de la Ligue clash with Rennes.
The lack of goals will be of a huge concern to coach Jean Fernandez, witnessing his team put the ball in the net on just three occasions – conceding five-times (15) that in the process. They will be reeling with the loss of striker Djame Bakar who is suspended, as too Simon Zenke. Vincent Muratori, Fouad Rachid and Abdurahman Dampa are all out through injury but Joel Sami is fit after shaking off a thigh strain which he picked up last week in the 1-1 draw against Sochaux.
Ancelotti has confirmed that centre-back Alex is out, as too the midfielders Thiago Motta and Clement Chantome due to injury. Ezequiel Lavezzi will also be missing after his setback in Portugal three weeks ago.
Interestingly, Nancy have an artificial pitch and that will restrict Guillaume Hoarau from playing and possibly Mohamed Sissoko due to a knee complaint – from playing. Ancelotti confirmed this in Friday’s presser by saying;“Hoarau will not play because it is not good for him to play on a synthetic pitch. Sissoko? He has had knee problems and I do not think it is good for him to play on this surface also.”
PSG have not won at the Stade Marcel Picot in five years where Pauleta, Pierre Frau and Marcelo Gallardo all got on the scoresheet. Tomorrow the new generation should put that right and go three points clear at the top.