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Ancelotti aims to win group

22 November 2012 03:49

Carlo Ancelotti says Paris Saint-Germain's focus now shifts to winning Group A after they secured Champions League progression on Wednesday.

A brace from Argentine international forward Ezequiel Lavezzi guided PSG to a 2-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

The French club are now ensured a place in the round of 16 and while Ancelotti was pleased with their performance, the coach is also determined to claim top spot with a win against Porto on matchday six.

"Now we have to try to play against Porto to win this group," he said.

"I think first place is very important to get an easier draw in the round of 16.

"The team had a good attitude in the first half. Our game was not quite there though, but in the second half we did well on the counterattack. The second half was better."

PSG next face lowly Troyes in Ligue 1 action on Saturday on the back of a three-game winless league run, something the former Chelsea coach is keen to end.

"This is an important result but I'm already thinking about the next game," he said.

"And I want to see the same attitude from my players in the league.

"We should not forget what happened against St-Etienne and Rennes (two home losses in a row).

Meanwhile, Dynamo coach Oleh Blokhin could not fault the efforts of his players despite the fact qualification is now beyond their grasp.

"I have nothing to blame my team for," Blokhin said following two successive defeats in all competitions.

"They tried to play, fought for it, but you simply can't make such mistakes against opponents of that quality.

"Mistakes differ one from another, and when Denys Garmash misses the target from two metres it's also a big mistake ... the fans were complaining, because they're fed up with defeats, but I have no reason to reproach my players."

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UEFA Champions League Group A preview: Kiev bid to stay alive

20 November 2012 07:18

Dynamo Kiev will be fighting for their Champions League survival when they face Paris Saint-Germain in Group A action on Wednesday.

The equation is quite simple for Kiev - win and their hopes of progressing to the round of 16 remain intact.

But only victory will do for the Ukrainian outfit, as a draw or a loss for them on Wednesday would ensure the group's top two, FC Porto and PSG, make it through to the knockout phase of the world's most prestigious club competition.

And while the French heavyweights find themselves in the top three of the Ligue 1 table, they have experienced a recent patch of uninspiring form which has seen them win just one match out of their past four engagements in all competitions.

That fact will surely give Kiev some sort of confidence boost for what appears to be a daunting task on the face of it.

The match will also be held at Dynamo's home, the Olympic National Sports Complex, where they held Porto to a 0-0 draw on November 6 and recorded their only win of the group stage so far against Dinamo Zagreb (2-0) on October 3.

But PSG are second in the group for a reason, despite their recent struggles.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have been one of Group A's form teams with three wins from four matches and will take comfort from the fact that they kicked off their Champions League campaign with a thumping 4-1 win over Kiev back on September 18.

In the group's other match, leaders Porto simply have to grab a point from their home meeting with cellar-dweller Zagreb to ensure their passage to the round of 16.

The Portuguese side have not suffered defeat so far this campaign with three wins and a draw from their four matches - their only blemish a scoreless stalemate with Kiev.

Conversely, the end cannot come quick enough for Zagreb, who have already had their dreams of featuring in the next round dashed with four losses from as many outings.

The Croatian team have leaked 10 goals in those four matches and considering Porto have not tasted defeat yet across 13 matches in the Liga Sagres and Champions League so far in 2012/13, this top-versus-bottom encounter appears destined for only one outcome.

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Matuidi calls for PSG improvement

19 November 2012 10:57

France international Blaise Matuidi says his Paris Saint-Germain side cannot afford to dwell on their Ligue 1 loss to Rennes.

Matuidi had some responsibility for both of the goals conceded in a 2-1 defeat at nine-man Rennes on Saturday.

The midfielder has since underlined the importance of concentrating on the Champions League clash against Dinamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Speaking to lemeilleurdupsg.fr, Matuidi said: "We are very disappointed to lose at home with 11 men against nine. We need to ask questions of ourselves to find out the problem and then we need to get back to work."

"We don't have time to reflect because we have a match on Wednesday."

Coach Carlo Ancelotti meanwhile alluded to the possibility that he may make changes to freshen things up ahead of the Kiev clash.

"This is a tough time," he said.

"During the next few games, we will have to change some things, in our attitude, and in our play."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
2 28 +28 59
3 28 +25 57
4 28 +22 53
5 28 +8 46
6 28 +3 43

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0