Olympique Lyonnais vs. PSG  0 - 1


Ancelotti hails deserved title win

13 May 2013 02:10

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Carlo Ancelotti has claimed his team showed they 'deserve' to win Ligue 1 after clinching the title at Lyon.

Jeremy Menez's second-half strike wrapped up the three points for PSG at third-placed Lyon's Stade de Gerland, which secured the capital club's first Ligue 1 title since 1994.

Speaking after Sunday's match, Ancelotti praised his players for securing the championship away to one of the teams that have challenged them throughout the season.

"I'm very happy, above all because winning here in Lyon is never easy," Ancelotti said.

"We played a good match, a tough match.

"We showed that we deserve the title.

"It was a tough season but after December, when the side gelled into a solid, compact unit, things went well."

Ancelotti added that he has yet to speak to PSG about his future at the club as speculation continues that he will leave Paris, with Real Madrid considered a potential destination for the 53-year-old Italian coach.

"I haven't spoken with the club about my future yet but we have time," Ancelotti said.

"There are still two matches left and we will respect the league and the other teams but the players deserve to celebrate.

"We can't wait to get back to Paris to party with our fans."

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claimed 2013 will be remembered as the start of a period of domestic domination for the Parisians, while adding he is 'happy' with Ancelotti.

"Tonight is just the beginning, hopefully of a glorious new chapter in the history of PSG," Al-Khelaifi said.

"I was very stressed by the challenges of Lyon and Marseille.

"Next season begins right now.

"We'll celebrate for a while with the players and the staff.

"My thanks to everyone for this first trophy.

"Concerning Ancelotti, we'll see at the end of the season.

"There is a season left on his contract, so in principle he should be staying.

"I'm very happy with him and we'll do all we can to keep him at the club."


Paris Saint-Germain seal Ligue 1 title

12 May 2013 22:53

Paris Saint-Germain sealed the third Ligue 1 title in their 42-year history thanks to a 1-0 victory over Lyon on Sunday.

Jeremy Menez's second-half strike, after fantastic work from Thiago Motta, sealed the three points PSG needed to end the challenge of Marseille and give them their first league title since 1994.

Having won the ball in midfield, Motta exchanged passes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic before finding Menez on the left-hand side of the penalty area. The forward composed himself and rifled a low shot past Anthony Lopes for his fifth league goal of the season.

The win moves Carlo Ancelotti's side seven points clear at the top of the table with only two games remaining, ensuring the first trophy in the reign of the Qatar Investment Authority, which bought full control of the club in 2012.


Alex reveals PSG nerves

10 May 2013 19:44

Paris Saint-Germain defender Alex has admitted stress is affecting his side as they attempt to secure the Ligue 1 title.

PSG's lead at the top of the division was cut to seven points following their 1-1 draw with Valenciennes, in which centre-back Thiago Silva was sent off after an altercation with referee Alexandre Castro.

Carlo Ancelotti's men face UEFA Champions League-chasers Lyon on Sunday knowing they can secure the league crown with a win, and former Chelsea man Alex is eager for the Parc des Princes outfit to recover from last weekend's setback.

"The last two games have been very stressful for us, but we have the experience to bounce back and forget about it. We want to achieve our goal: the title," he said.

"It will be difficult because Lyon want to qualify for the Champions League, so we know that it will not be easy.

"We are aware of the difficulties ahead, b
ut we will be very focused and we will do everything to quickly get into the game and clinch victory."

Alex also praised the influence of Thiago Motta, with the midfielder returning from a three-match ban at the Stade de Gerland.

PSG will be without Silva, Marco Verratti, David Beckham and Salvatore Sirigu because of suspension, but Alex believes the return of midfielder Motta provides the league leaders with a timely boost.

He added: "The presence of Thiago Motta is very important because he knows how to organise the game and he brings a big contribution to our football. The team needs him in midfield.

"We are of course delighted that he can participate in the upcoming matches to help us achieve our goal."

Alex said the squad was growing anxious over the future of Ancelotti, with rampant speculation he will leave the club at season end.

"I don't know if he (Ancelotti) received any proposal (from Real Madrid), I know him very well, but we don't talk about this subject," Alex said.

"I'm lost about this and everything that I know was from the press.

"All the players are anxious but he didn't speak about this with anyone."


Garde looking to sustain top-three push

10 May 2013 17:10

Lyon manager Remi Garde is hoping his side can maintain their charge for a UEFA Champions League place with a win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Garde's side head into the crucial clash on the back of a 3-0 win at Nancy last weekend, but know the focus will be on PSG, who can secure the Ligue 1 title with a win.

Lyon had been in the title picture for much of the season, but have since fallen away after failing to a win a single game in March. However in spite of that disappointment, Garde insists that Sunday's clash is still a very important game for his charges.

He said: "We would have loved if Lyon-PSG was a true final for the Ligue 1 but it's not. It's a very important game for us, to keep the control of our destiny, we need to get points, we need to win that game. Obviously it will be very important, for Paris as well, I’m sure they want to be champions as soon as possible.

PSG were held to a nervy 1-1 draw with Valenciennes in their last encounter, which has led to many to suggest that Carlo Ancelotti's men may be feeling the pressure as they close in on their first league crown since 1994. Garde, though, feels it is natural for a side to be anxious when on the verge of success.

"You know, the path of a future champion, who also made it quite far in the Champions League, it's a path (that is) sometimes hard. We're focusing on Paris because they're first, but what happened in Paris the last weeks surely happened in every other team. When you are number one, you get more chances to be nervous," Garde added.

Ancelotti's men are set to be without Thiago Silva; Marco Verratti; David Beckham and Salvatore Sirigu through suspension, but Garde does not think their absences will have too much of an impact on Sunday's game.

He explained: "If Paris missed 20 players, it could make a difference. But in that situation I think they have a group of players that allow them to replace an international player with another one, or with a future one."


Ligue 1 Preview: Lyon v PSG

9 May 2013 12:05

Paris Saint-Germain can finally be crowned Ligue 1 champions if they are victorious against Lyon at Stade de Gerland on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have not been afforded an easy ride by second-placed Marseille this season but can clinch the title with three points away from home.

PSG will be without captain Thiago Silva for the game as the Brazilian defender has been given a two-match ban for pushing the referee during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.

Sporting director Leonardo has been slapped with an indefinite ban following a further offence on the same official, and PSG could even have points deducted.

After the game, Leonardo told reporters: "He's a referee who has done 10 matches, this was his 10th, and he has given 48 yellows and five reds.

"This was a calm match and he has brought out seven yellows and one red. I don't understand why we have a referee with nine matches for a big game like this. I don't understand."

PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted the suspension of Silva was not ideal, but said the club would also welcome back some key players for the match.

"It was a bizarre match, and tough," Ancelotti said. "We didn't start well, and we got a bit frustrated. But in the second half the team showed a lot of character to stick together and equalise.

"We'll have a few suspensions to deal with in Lyon, but we'll have some players back too, like (Thiago) Motta and (David) Beckham.

"Lyon will be playing for the Champions League while we're looking to secure the title."

The hosts will not be easily defeated as they are still hoping to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League with a third-placed finish.

Remi Garde's side have collected 10 points from their last four fixtures and have opened up a three-point gap ahead of Nice in fourth following Sunday's 3-0 win over Nancy.

First-choice goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and will be replaced by Anthony Lopes, who has just three Ligue 1 games under his belt.

After the PSG test, Lyon face a tricky away assignment against Nice - in a match that could shape their European ambitions - before hosting Rennes in their final game.

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
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