PSG vs. Bordeaux  0 - 0


Pressure building on Ancelotti

27 August 2012 09:30

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has pleaded with his side to not lose confidence after a dour 0-0 draw with Bordeaux on Sunday evening.

The Parisian club was booed off at the full-time whistle after slipping to 11th in the Ligue 1 standings, after three draws from their opening three games of the new campaign.

Despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return, the side remained profligate, with the likes of Nene, Javier Pastore and others failing to trouble a resolute Bordeaux back-line.

"We did not play good football. We played without speed and away from opposing goal," declared Ancelotti after the game.

"We must not lose confidence, we will improve.

"The team (Bordeaux) was more aggressive and well organised, but we must win by playing more quickly to the attacking midfielders.

"New players have arrived or returned from injury. We must work more naturally like we did last year."


Ligue 1 preview: PSG still chasing first win

23 August 2012 15:12

Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain host Bordeaux on Sunday as Carlo Ancelotti's men aim to record their first win of the Ligue 1 season.

PSG, who had Ezequiel Lavezzi sent off on the hour mark, played out a frustrating goalless draw at Ajaccio and struggled without high-profile signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic (foot) and Thiago Silva (rest).

The capital outfit's new signings have failed to gel so far but they will need to find their feet against a Bordeaux team looking to make it three wins from three after edging Rennes 1-0 last round courtesy of a 75th-minute goal from Poland's Ludovic Obraniak.

Elie Baup's Marseille tackle defending champions Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson, with their 100 percent record on the line.

Marseille are yet to concede a goal this season, following wins against Sochaux (2-0) and Reims (1-0), while Montpellier have experienced a less than ideal start to title defence.

Rene Girard's troops were within minutes of their first victory of the season but suffered heartbreak when Alain Traore and Jeremie Aliadiere both scored in the space of two minutes in stoppage time.

Lyon, who top the table on goal difference, travel to winless Evian TG on Friday night.

The seven-time French champions trounced 10-man Troyes 4-1 on the back of a fine performance from Bafetimbi Gomis, who bagged a second-half brace.

Meanwhile, Lille make the long journey to Nice on Saturday.

Lille, unbeaten in their opening two matches, could manage only a 1-1 draw against Nancy in their first match at the new 50,000-seater Grand Stade Lille Metropole.

Coach Rudi Garcia is expecting a tough test in the south of France.

"Playing there, at Nice, it is never simple. We know this team (Nice) is still under construction," he said.

"We need to get a good result after this defeat against Copenhagen. Above all, we need to continue our good form in Ligue 1 because we have had a good start.

"The season will have started very well if we win there, so we are fully prepared to win this game."

In other fixtures, Bastia will look to extend their winning run against the struggling Rennes, the impressive Lorient travel to Troyes, while Toulouse tackle Nancy with both sides enjoying unbeaten starts to the season.

Saint-Etienne entertain Brest, Ajaccio travel to Valenciennes as they look to build on their draw against PSG and Sochaux go head-to-head with fellow strugglers Reims.

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +46 83
2 38 +6 71
3 38 +23 67
4 38 +11 64
5 38 +28 63
6 38 +19 62
7 38 +6 55
8 38 -1 53
9 38 +3 52
10 38 +2 51
11 38 -4 48
12 38 -16 47
13 38 -11 46
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -16 41
16 38 -7 40
17 38 -12 40
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -18 37
20 38 -30 29