STADE BRESTOIS 29 VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
VENUE: STADE FRANCIS-LE BLE
DATE: 21ST DECEMBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 18:45 (GMT)
Paris Saint-Germain can end the year as ‘Winter Champions’ with a victory against Brest tonight.
Just as we did last season, there is a golden opportunity to finish the year top of the pile and complete a remarkable turnaround in these last three weeks. Our title charge was faltering, well off the pace, languishing in fourth and the future of Carlo Ancelotti was in severe jeopardy. However, the character shown by the team as well as the tinkering in the formation by the coach – the favourable in 4-4-2 in full effect – has been first class.
The victory over Lyon last weekend may not have been pleasing on the eye but it was imperative. A huge result for us but it will mean nothing unless we can rack up all three points at the Stade Franci-Le Ble. Ourselves, Lyon and Marseille are all on 35 points but our superior goal difference means that no matter what the other results will be for the aforementioned, we will end the year top if we sweep aside SB29.
Tonight’s hosts ended a four game winless streak with a 2-1 win at Sochaux last weekend, despite falling behind to a second-half Cedric Bakambu goal. They are currently in 13th but their season, despite being underwhelming, has been a rather steady one. Losing just two games at home all season, they have proved to be tough to beat on their stamping ground. It is their dreadful away form which has been the hindrance, losing seven out of 10.
However, in Eden Ben Basat they have a potent striker. The Israeli has netted seven times in Ligue 1 this season, ever present in Landry Chauvin’s side and scored in his last two outings.
Carlo Ancelotti knows tonight will be tough but believes if the recent attitude can be once again transmitted onto the pitch, his team will get the job done; “This is the last game before Christmas. And it is never easy to deal with. It is complicated to manage and prepare. I hope the players will show the same attitude as in recent games. We want to keep the lead. We had a very good response after a difficult time and we are now stronger.”
Injury news: Alex and Nene are still both sidelined.