PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS TROYES AC
VENUE: PARC DES PRINCES
DATE: 24TH NOVEMBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 16:00 (GMT)
The win in Kiev on Wednesday was just the trick in getting things back on track after a disappointing couple of weeks.
The 2-0 win was not only a good, efficient performance from the team but qualification into the knock-out stage – for only the second time in our history – was secured. If that was the cake then the icing was the performance of Ezequiel Lavezzi who netted his first goals for the club. After a turbulent start to his life in France, hampered by injuries, he showed his quality – especially with his first which was reminiscent of his Napoli days where he became a household name.
Dynamo had their opportunities in that game but it should not deter from the fact that PSG showed a real solidarity on the night. Tactically, they were spot on, restricting their opponents to nothing more than long-range shots for the majority of the game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was perhaps a little isolated at times up top but he played a massive part in the opener with his diligent through ball for the assist. Nene, adorning his protective mask, also had a steady match. He did not so much sparkle in the attacking third but he did a job for the team, tracking back, obeying his position and keeping things simple.
Carlo Ancelotti emphasised the need in a change of attitude following the two back to back defeats at home and now tomorrow is a great opportunity to put an end to the slump against Troyes.
Promoted from Ligue 2 last season, finishing third in the league, understandably Jean-Marc Furlan’s side have found it insanely difficult adjusting to live in the higher echelons. They have won just the one game all season, which incredibly was against high-flying Marseille thanks to Ben Nivet’s winner a minute from time; (If ever the cliché of David beating Goliath needed to be utilised). Seven losses in their 13 league games are proving to be detrimental in the survival hopes and are six points adrift from safety already.
Nevertheless, with Ancelotti keen to stress a change of attitude from his players, now is the time. It would be easy for them rest on the laurels and believe they will coast to the three points. It is something he will have eluded to in his build-up and the fans will expect the same. It is a perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things domestically and as we look to regain top spot.
Jeremy Menez, Thiago Motta, Mathieu Bodmer and Kevin Gameiro are all out through injury. Zlatan will return to Ligue 1 action now his suspension is up. Lavezzi will undoubtedly keep his place. Nene may also retain his place in the team unless Carlo opts to swap for Javier Pastore – who could also play in the midfield trio. Christophe Jallet is back in the squad after missing midweek and will more than likely start, regaining the captaincy in the process which was undertook by Thiago Silva.