PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS AC AJACCIO
VENUE: PARC DES PRINCES
DATE: 11TH JANUARY 2013
The biggest signing in Europe thus far in the January transfer window Lucas Moura will make his debut against Ajaccio tonight.
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed yesterday in his pre-match presser that the Brazilian prodigy is ready after a week of intense training at Camp des Loges. The former Sao Paulo man has settled into his new surroundings superbly thus far and the Brazilian contingent of Alex, Thiago Silva and Maxwell have made it a whole lot easier for him.
Carlo said that even though he is still a little off with the team in a tactical sense, he is physically and mentally prepared for his first taste of French football. The coach has no qualms that he will settle into the set-up with ease and believes his ability to speak English will help him also whilst on the pitch (many of the Parisien players are fluent in the language).
Where will he play? Well, in the friendly in Qatar last week he operated down the right-hand side of midfield. Whether or not that will be in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 remains to be seen but it gives Ancelotti some food for thought. Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi have been magnificent and you will feel they will start along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of course. Jeremy Menez was suspended last weekend in the cup win over Arras and may start from the bench this time, allowing Lucas to come in. Lavezzi will possibly support Ibra up top with El Flaco and Lucas on the wings.
Injury wise, with the exception of Gregory Van der Wiel, the squad is virtually injury free. Nene is of course absent as he looks to seal a move away and Momo Sissoko is away on international duty as Mali prepare for the African Cup Of Nations.
We can go three points clear with a win as Lyon and Marseille do not play to Saturday and Sunday respectively. Our opponents Ajaccio sit three points outside the relegation zone and are in a torrid form. They have won just two in their last 12 league games and were knocked out of the Coupe de France by third-tier Rouen last weekend on penalties.
Romanian veteran Adrian Mutu, formerly of Chelsea and Juventus, will lead the attack. He has netted four times this in Ligue 1 this season, equal with Moroccan Chakhir Belghazouani who arrived in the summer from Belgian club Zulte-Waregem.
The match in Corsica last August ended 0-0 in what was a frustrating night for Les Parisiens which saw Lavezzi receive a red card.