Monday, 30 January 2012

Brest 0-1 PSG: Notta gotta Motta

Just call me the Parisien Cafu
Carlo Ancelotti's unbeaten start as Paris St Germain boss continued on Saturday as the PSG won 1-0 at Brest.

Newly converted roving right-back Milan Bisevac got the only goal with a real poachers effort in the sixth minute, his first for the club. I say poachers effort because he didn't appear to know a great deal about it, the ball striking his shin as Christophe Jallet's corner came into the six yard box and rebounding into the net.

PSG missed several chances to make their margin of victory greater, with Nene and Kevin Gameiro both in wasteful form, and Matthieu Bodmer hitting the bar with a spectacular angled volley. The fact we couldn't put a mediocre side like Brest away a bit more comfortably is a concern, and highlights what I was saying on the blog on Friday about our lack of attacking options. Jeremy Menez joined Pastore on the sidelines after withdrawing from the team with a thigh injury, meaning Bodmer was pressed into service in an advanced role.

That said, Blaise Matuidi was back for his first start in a couple of months, and though Momo Sissoko went off injured during the match, Ancelotti said afterwards he expects Sissoko and Jezza to train this week ahead of Sunday's match against Evian.

"It was an important win, it is never easy to win at Brest," said Carletto, speaking like a man who's seen a lot of Brest, ahem.

"We started well by scoring and we played some good football during the opening 25 minutes. We then had some problems readjusting after Sissoko went off and Brest caused us problems."

Ancelotti also said after the match that he doesn't expect a new striker to arrive before the transfer window closes tomorrow night, meaning we'll be going through the rest of the season with just Gameiro and Guillarme Hoarau as attacking options. Great.

It also seems unlikely that Thiago Motta's proposed move from Inter Milan is going to happen in the next 24 hours.

"I've asked the club, Thiago Motta will stay", Inter boss Claudio Ranieri told Sky Italia yesterday, blowing a big raspberry in Leonardo's direction. "As far as I know, he will remain with us."


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