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Ancelotti happy with Champions League preparation

9 February 2013 01:41

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti insists his side have had the perfect preparation for their Champions League tie with Valencia.

The former AC Milan boss says they will travel to the Mestalla on Tuesday 'mentally and physically' prepared following their 3-1 win over Bastia in Ligue 1 on Friday.

With one eye on the trip to Spain, Ancelotti gave Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi a brief rest by starting them on the bench.

"We can go into the next match in the Champions League with confidence," Ancelotti told France Football.

"It's good preparation because the players have recuperated and we have the time to prepare mentally and physically.

"Menez has had a very good match and was decisive, while it was not difficult to convince Ibra (Ibrahimovic) to start from the bench.

"He understood why just as (Blaise) Matuidi and (Mamadou) Sakho did. There is always a risk of injury and the idea was to avoid it."

The win over Bastia extends PSG's lead at the top of Ligue 1 to six points, but Lyon do have a game in hand.

Ancelotti said he was pleased to collect three points, putting the pressure on the chasing pack.

"We won and took three points, which was our goal," he said.

"These are three important points in the league. The other teams have to play now, but for us the important thing was to keep picking up results."

Meanwhile, David Beckham will start training with PSG next week and could debut against Sochaux in Ligue 1 on February 17.

"He is coming on Wednesday and will train at the Camp des Loges with the team," Ancelotti said.

"We'll see his fitness and whether he can perhaps play the match against Sochaux."

PSG sporting director Leonardo also paid tribute to Menez, who opened the scoring in the victory.

"Sometimes we focus on big names like Ibrahimovic or Beckham and this is understandable, but today, I want to say a word about Jeremy Menez," Leonardo said.

"I think he is a huge talent and if he continues to show the kind of inspirational form he displayed tonight, he will be a great player.

"He is an incredible talent and I really hope that he will be able to be consistent and keep that level for 60 games. If he does that, Jeremy Menez will have his place in the PSG's history."

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1 - 2

PSG

W D W D W
Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
12 February 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 2
Full-time
1 - 2
On aggregate
2 - 3
Venue
Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Attendance
36000

Goals

0 - 1
10' E. Lavezzi
 (assist by J. Pastore)
0 - 2
43' J. Pastore
 (assist by Lucas)
A. Rami 90'
(assist by A. Costa) 
1 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
30
26
13
17
3
14
27 43'
24 32'
29
18 90+2'
11 10'
Coach: C. Ancelotti

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16
23
15
1
6
11
18
# Player Bookings
20
7
22
1
6
19
23

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 10 +17 25
2 10 +11 18
3 10 +6 18
4 10 +11 17
5 10 +0 17

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