PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS TOULOUSE
COUPE DE FRANCE
VENUE: PARC DES PRINCES
DATE: 23RD JANUARY 2013
KICK-OFF: 19:55 (GMT)
Paris Saint-Germain will be vying for a place in the last-16 of the Coupe de France as Toulouse make the visit to the Parc des Princes tomorrow night.
In what has been a difficult last few days for everyone affiliated with the club, the team and staff showed a real solidarity on Sunday night with the win in Bordeaux. They have all been deeply affected by the passing of Nick Broad and the tears of Carlo Ancelotti during the minute silence told the story. Mamadou Sakho pointed to the heavens following the win as a tribute to the Englishman, dedicating the win to him.
Also, no one from the club spoke with the media after the game as a show of respect to their friend.
Earlier today Mr Ancelotti sent out the following tweet; Thank you for everything you gave me in all these years. Rest in peace my friend. Ciao Nick.
We have not heard from Carletto since this tragedy and understandably so. He has been cut up by this, losing a friend who not only worked with him in Paris but also across the channel in England during his tenure at Chelsea.
Carlo is scheduled for his a pre-match presser this afternoon. The club cancelled the one prior to the game with Bordeaux so this will be the first time in 10 days or so we have heard extensively from the Italian. (Quotes will be on 1970 PSG’s Twitter feed)
He knows tomorrow will be a challenge. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended as well as Thiago Motta, he will shuffle the pack somewhat. There will be no extensive changes but you will feel Kevin Gameiro will come in for Zlatan and the likes of Nicolas Douchez, Gregory Van der Wiel and Javier Pastore will come back into the fray. Lucas Moura may also be utilised again to get him up to speed with the game in France and improve his match fitness. Ancelotti has options, but in centre of defence there is a concern. Thiago Silva and Alex are out, there is also a doubt over Zoumana Camara – who was superb at the weekend – with a muscle complaint. Ironically, Diego Lugano who has been surplus to requirements all season is finalising a move to Malaga today so Sylvain Armand may partner Sakho at the back.
Toulouse are finally finding some form again after a torrid winter period. Wins over Sochaux and Nancy may not be deemed to spectacular but they showed a resiliency to earn a point in Saint-Etienne, coming from behind to lead at one point.
Wissam Ben Yedder came on a late substitute in that game and he has been a revelation for TFC. The 22-year-old is the club’s top goalscorer with nine goals. However, he has not scored since the back end of November when he netted a brace in the 3-0 win over Lyon. This has partly been down to a few niggly injuries but it also easy to forget that this is his first full season in the first-team.
Their three man midfield of Etienne Capoue, Moussa Sissoko and Etienne Didot are vitally important. Didot in particular is having a rather stellar campaign, creating six goals in the process and his experience is helping in the development of his two teammates. Sissoko’s future has been in question all month with Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Aston Villa all linked with him.
Ben Yedder will lead the line of attack on his own supported by a five man midfield, with four at the back. As for ourselves, we will go with the 4-2-3-1 system which we have utilised in recent games after a successful stint with the 4-4-2.