Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rivals falter as PSG target rare Bordeaux win

One of my few visits to the Parc was for a match between PSG and Bordeaux at the end of 2009/10

PSG won 3-1 that day, defeating a Laurent Blanc-managed side who were in the final throws of their stint as league champions, and whose line-up contained the likes of Yoaan Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh

"I don't really trust statistics," said AK, ever the killjoy. "Bordeaux's record is two wins, six draws and four defeats and they have yet to win at home. That will obviously happen at some point and I hope that is doesn't happen on Sunday evening."

Amen to that, and it's lucky Kombouare is a stat-sceptic as PSG's record in Bordeaux does not make for pretty reading, with just one win there in the last 21 encounters at the Stage Cheban Delmas. But with Lille having dropped points at home to Evian last night, a victory tonight would give us an eight-point advantage over the Champions. At the time of writing second-place Montpellier are 1-0 down to St Etienne, allez Les Verts!

Aside from long-term absentee Guillerme Hoarau, the only missing player for tonight's match is Chantome, who is likely to be on the sidelines for three weeks with a thigh strain.

Elsewhere club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi gave a very interesting interview to L'Equipe this week. After re-assuring fans that we won't be leaving the Parc-des-Princes for the Stade de France on a permanent basis (PSG will be playing at the Stade in 2012/13 while the Parc is renovated) talk inevitably turned to a former England captain

"David Beckham transcends sport. He's an ambassador, a brand, he's an example to others," said Al-Khelafi.

Hard to argue with any of that, but:

"He's also a very good footballer whose age poses no problems," he continued. "PSG is interested in all big players and Beckham is of course one of these."

It's going to happen isn't it...


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