PSG vs. Nice  3 - 0


PSG inconsistency stumps Ancelotti

22 April 2013 01:16

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti said he is at a loss to explain his side's inconsistency, after their 3-0 win over Nice.

The Ligue 1 leaders slumped to a penalties defeat in the Coupe de France against minnows Evian TG but bounced back in style - with goals from Jeremy Menez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Clement Chantome ensuring a handsome victory at Parc des Princes on Sunday.

"We saw a lot of intensity and aggression. It was tough tonight," Ancelotti told Canal+.

"The key was there. I don't know why the team can play as well as they did tonight and as badly as they did against Evian.

"Anyway, it happened. We are happy with how we did tonight."

PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu said his side are not invincible, despite the talent within les Parisiens' squad.

"We're not untouchable," he added.

"We showed a good attitude tonight. We wanted to show that Evian was just a blip. We wnated to bounce back, we did it well.

"We don't pick our matches. We don't always do as well as we want in terms of playing well or playing badly."

Central defender Mamadou Sakho warned the title was not a foregone conclusion.

"Nothing is impossible in football. Mathematically it is not over and we still need to keep picking up points," Sakho said.

"It will be difficult for another team to take the trophy from us now though because we have experienced players able to deal with this kind of situation.

"I think the squad is strong enough and we have the right mentality to succeed and win this Ligue 1 trophy. That has been the goal all season and we can achieve that."

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic agreed.

"It was good, when you win there is always a great feeling and we are almost at the title," the Swede said.

"We are not there yet though, we are still missing a little bit but it feels fantastic. After everything you have sacrificed and the work you have put in to win this trophy, I came here to win and we are almost there so it feels very good."

PSG hold a nine-point lead as they chase a first Ligue 1 title in almost two decades.


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."


Ancelotti applauds surprise packets Nice

21 April 2013 02:46

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Carlo Ancelotti has praised Nice for their 'fantastic season' ahead of Sunday's Ligue 1 match.

Ancelotti has revealed he is wary of the threat posed by Nice ahead of his side's clash with Ligue 1's fifth-placed club, who are still in the hunt for UEFA Champions League qualification, reserving special praise for their head coach Claude Puel.

Nice are five points behind third-placed Lyon, who hold Ligue 1's spot in the qualifying stages of next season's Champions League, while only goal difference separates Puel's team and fourth-placed Saint-Etienne.

"It's going to be a great game, Nice is a very well organised team, they have an excellent and experienced manager," Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference.

"Together with Saint-Etienne, Nice has been the surprise package of this season.

"They had a fantastic season.

"They're in contention for a European place from their league position, therefore, we're expecting a tough game."

Ancelotti has warned his team against complacency against Nice after being dumped from the Coupe de France by Evian TG in a penalty shootout on Wednesday.

"I hope they will learn their lessons from the game against Evian TG," Ancelotti said.

"This year, we didn't have any problem beating the biggest clubs.

"We've had fantastic games against them.

"We've won against the best clubs in the league; we were excellent in Champions League, yet we've had issues against supposedly weak clubs.

"On paper, these games were supposed to be easy. In reality, those games happened to be very hard."

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