Dinamo Zagreb vs. PSG  0 - 2

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Ancelotti happy with routine PSG win

25 October 2012 02:51

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti was satisfied with his team's comfortable 2-0 victory away to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jeremy Menez earned the French side all three points and took them second in Group A, three points clear of Dynamo Kiev, who lost 3-2 at group leaders Porto.

PSG trail group leaders Porto by three points, but have a chance to close the gap when they host Dinamo at the Parc des Princes on November 6.

"We are very satisfied," Ancelotti said.

"We had a good attitude, we controlled the game. It was not amazing but it was a good match."

"We could have scored more but this is a good result and a good performance. Ibra (Ibrahimovic) scored an important goal but it is true that he was less accurate than usual in front of goal.

"Our position in the group is good. There are three matches remaining and we hope to reach nine points before playing against Kiev and Porto. It would give us a very good possibility (of qualifying)."

Brazilian defender Alex was substituted at half-time, but Ancelotti said his withdrawal was precautionary, and is not expecting the centre-back to be sidelined for their next Ligue 1 clash.

"Alex had knee pain, nothing too serious but he could not continue," he said.

"This is why Camara entered. We did not want to take any chances. I think he will be available against Nancy."

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Ancelotti unsure of PSG´s European pedigree

24 October 2012 16:13

Carlo Ancelotti says he is uncertain of how his expensively assembled Paris Saint-Germain team will fare in this season's Champions League.

The Ligue 1 club splashed out in the summer on AC Milan pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva as well as Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi and Brazilian teenager Lucas Moura.

And while the influx of players have helped take PSG to the top of Ligue 1, Ancelotti has admitted he does not know if his newly acquired stars will immediately adapt to European competition.

"We want to go to the next round of the Champions League, but I do not know what we can do in this competition. I trust, and I hope we can go far," said Ancelotti.

The French side were beaten 1-0 by Porto last time out in the Champions League and the former Chelsea manager believes Wednesday night's game against Dinamo Zagreb has taken on further significance.

"It's an important game. Both games (in Group A) will be useful to determine the position of the group."

PSG beat Dinamo Kiev 4-1 at Parc des Princes last month and a win against Zagreb would strengthen their position in the group.

1. HNL table

# Team MP D P
1 7 +13 19
2 7 +15 18
3 7 +6 10
4 7 -1 9
5 7 +0 8

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 4 +6 10
2 4 +7 8
3 4 +3 8
4 4 +3 7
5 4 +3 7