Thursday, 3 November 2011

PSG brothers prepare for Slovan Bratislava clash

The Waughs. The Charltons. The, er, Nevilles. Siblings in sport are commonplace, and apparently a new pair has popped up in Paris recently.

"Tonight there will again be more than 30,000 spectators at the Parc des Princes. But to see which PSG?” muses today’s Parisien. “The one bursting with health, flying in the championship? Or it’s twin that remains on two defeats and a draw in the cups (Europa League and the Coupe de Ligue)?”

It’s fair to say that the contrast between the PSG’s record breaking, six-wins-in-a-row, league form and their patchy cup record is a stark one, but I think that only highlights what an early stage the Qatari “project” is at. AK has been rotating like a crazed spinning top this season, and at the moment we don’t have the strength in depth to cope with that and not suffer a dip in performance as a result.

By the looks of things we will be fielding a strong-looking attacking line-up in tonight’s Europa League clash with Slovan Bratislava, with Menez, Pastore, and Nene all set to start, while Gameiro could get the nod over Erding, who has been an ever-present in the European competition so far this season. Tiene and Chantome are suspended after their indescretions in Slovakia, while Milan Bisevac could be available as he continues his recovery from injury.

Bratislava, currently fourth in the Slovak league, are bossed by Vladimir Weiss, who is also manager of the Slovakian national team.

"It will be hard there,” he said. “They'll be playing at home and they have to win if they want to progress in the competition. We are going there to learn but we'll try to put on a good performance.

"Obviously, the hosts will put us under a lot of pressure because they have great quality. But it should be a good game, and in football you never know.”


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