PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS DINAMO ZAGREB
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – GROUP A
VENUE: PARC DES PRINCES
DATE: 6TH NOVEMBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 19:45 (GMT)
After the weekends defeat at home to Saint-Etienne – the first in Ligue 1 this season – the coach and players have expressed their desire to get back on track tomorrow night in the UEFA Champions League.
Saturday’s game was not one to be remembered from a Parisien point of view. Straight from the kick-off the team struggled to adapt and could not find the necessary openings to grind down a very resilient ASSE team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic found himself isolated and barely had a sniff all game. Jeremy Menez also tried his best to influence things but it was not to be.
The defence was pretty solid all night. Saint-Etienne did create chances but nothing too threatening. The introduction of Pierre Aubameyang was the difference as he forced Mamadou Sakho’s own goal before netting himself after Zlatan was brandished a red card.
It turned out to be one of those typical nights where it just did not happen for the team but tomorrow night is a great opportunity to gain all three points and put the pressure on group leaders FC Porto.
PSG absolutely coasted to victory in Croatia two weeks ago, not having to ease into second gear. It was a professional performance against a team that lacked the ambition to attack and it will be more of the same tomorrow.
Ancelotti will ring a couple of changes for the clash. Blaise Matuidi has been named in the squad but may be rested having picked up a knock at the weekend. Clement Chantome and Mathieu Bodmer are also out leaving Carletto with limited options to choose from for his midfield. Marco Verratti and Momo Sissoko will start with Javier Pastore possibly dropping into the three. Guillaume Hoarau could be in for a line a start alongside Jeremy Menez and Ibra who will play in his final game before his domestic suspension. Kevin Gameiro is absent.
The good news is that Ezequiel Lavezzi has been named in the squad after his injury layoff. Whether or not he starts remains to be seen but there is no doubt he will make an appearance off the bench if things are going well during the 90.