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Lavezzi wants strong PSG response

21 April 2013 12:46

Ezequiel Lavezzi has urged Paris Saint-Germain to respond to their Coupe de France exit to Evian with a Ligue 1 victory over Nice.

PSG lost 4-1 on penalties after being held to a 1-1 draw in the quarter-final encounter by the Annecy-based outfit and, although he admitted he is disappointed, Lavezzi has urged his side to put the setback behind them.

"No-one even thought about losing and being eliminated from the Coupe de France in the quarter-finals," the 27-year-old told the club's official website.

"But that's what happened. We don't have time to cry over spilt milk. We have to focus on the Nice match, this Sunday, which is a crucial match for us if we want to win the title.

"This will be a very important game. Even if nothing has been decided yet, we are in a good position to win the title.

"We have to overcome the fatigue of those 30 minutes of extra-time and penalties on Wednesday, so that we can match with them physically, because the games are coming thick and fast at the moment."

Carlo Ancelotti's side hold a six-point lead over Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 despite having played a game less, and midfielder Javier Pastore stressed the importance of victory over Nice.

"This is a very important match for us because a win is another big step towards the title," the 23-year-old midfielder said.

"We need to give the absolute maximum to claim all three points. We need to be motivated and confident to get a win that will set us up for the remaining matches of the season."

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Moura saddened by cup exit

19 April 2013 17:30

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Lucas Moura says he and his team-mates are down after their shock Coupe de France quarter-final exit.

The Ligue 1 leaders led Evian TG through Javier Pastore's ninth-minute goal, but Saber Khelifa's equaliser on the stroke of half-time made it 1-1 and the score remained the same at the end of extra time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was among those to miss from the spot as PSG were knocked out of the competition, but while Moura spoke about the sadness inside the dressing room, he says his attentions are now firmly fixed on securing the league title.

"The dressing room is sad and disappointed," he said.

"I'm unhappy I didn't participate. I wish I could have been there but I didn't train correctly before the game. We had everything in our hands to win the game but in the end it was too difficult. We will now focus on the league.

"We had two great games against Barca. We were eliminated without losing. I don't think that this outing broke our momentum. We're proud of the character we showed and cannot wait for next season."

The midfielder signed a pre-contract deal with PSG last off-season and saw out Sao Paulo's league season before completing his move to France in January.

He is confident his transition to life in Europe has been a positive one.

"I adapted very quickly. It's important but I’m here to help the team even without scoring," Moura said.

"I adapted well and I take French classes twice a week but there are a lot of languages spoken in the dressing room. Italian, English, Spanish, I often lose focus. There are still lots of thing to do."

Moura has made 14 appearances for the club so far and set up three goals.

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PSG exit a disaster, admits Ancelotti

18 April 2013 02:26

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has branded his side's exit from the Coupe de France to Evian on penalties as a 'disaster'.

Les Parisiens opened the scoring through Javier Pastore after eight minutes but that was the high point for the Ligue 1 table-toppers, as they allowed Saber Khlifa to make it 1-1 after 90 minutes prior to seeing Thiago Motta sent off in extra-time.

With the scores still deadlocked after the additional period, summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva both missed their spot-kicks in the shootout as Evian sealed an unlucky place in the semi-finals, leaving Ancelotti to rue his 'worst' game in charge of the club.

"This is a disaster. This is the worst game in my reign, the worst," the Italian told Canal + after the match.

"I'm sorry, I'm very sorry. It's my responsibility. Our attitude was not good enough. When a team goes on a field with a bad attitude, it's the fault of the coach."

Ancelotti's side sit nine points ahead of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 with six games to this season.

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
16 2 -2 1
17 2 -2 1
18 2 -2 0
19 2 -4 0
20 2 -7 0

Ligue 1 table

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