Tuesday, 28 February 2012

PSG stars go off on their travels

"While those other losers are in Germany I can stay at home and play Call of Duty"
This blog has been in a stunned silence since Sunday, when we awoke after a Saturday night out to the news that PSG had drawn 4-4 with Lyon the previous evening.

Having been 3-1 and 4-2 down, late goals from Ceara and the lovely Guillaume Hoarau, his second of the match, secured an unlikely point.

The result saw Montpellier take over at the top of Ligue 1, a fact which doesn't seem to concern Carlo Ancelotti too much.

"We played a good match and I'm satisfied with our performance," said the Mister. "We slipped to second but that's not a problem right now. Maybe it will be at the end of the season but we just need to stay confident and play our football.

"We needed to play well in Lyon and we did it against quality opposition."

He's obviously been reading my blog from last week. Or not. Anyway, this mid-week attention turns to another round of pointless international friendlies, it's been a while since we've had this joy. Over here Stuart Pearce will lead out some of England's finest, and Stuart Downing, for a match against Holland, and elsewhere several members of the PSG squad will be busy representing their own countries.

Matuidi, Menez, and Gameiro are all with France for their match in Germany on Wednesday, though there's no place for that man Hoarau. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that this one is unlikely to end well for Laurent Blanc's side.

Italy take on the USA in Genoa, and Thiago Motta will be hoping to win a place in the starting line-up. Less likely to be in the first 11 is Salvatore Sirigu, but I'm sure he'll enjoy 90 minutes sitting on one of those big heated seats that all dug-outs seem to have these days. Plus maybe Balotelli will let him play with his iPad.

Diego Lugano will captain Uruguay in their friendly in Romania on Wednesday. Let's hope he brings some decent form back with him.

Meanwhile Brazil and Argentina will be playing their first matches of the year in that hot-bed of footballing passion... Switzerland. Brazil take on Bosnia, but there's no place in the squad for either Maxwell or Alex. Looking at some of the shoddy defenders the Selecao have selected, one would think a prolonged run of first-team action would put the PSG pair in the frame for a call-up.

Javier Pastore misses out on Argentina's match against Switzerland. El Flaco was on the sidelines when the squad was announced, and only returned to fitness a couple of weeks ago.

Injury also means Milan Bisevac will miss Serbia's friendly in Cyprus. I'm sure he's gutted.


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