Friday, 11 May 2012

Don't stop believin'

WIN AND HOPE! declares the headline on the official site today, succinctly summing up Paris St-Germain's tasks for this coming Sunday.

Personally I plan to watch the above video on repeat for the next couple of days in order to bolster my belief levels, but there won't be any need for Glee at the Camp-des-Loges, as the squad appear to be confident they can still capture the Ligue 1 title.

As you probably know already, the Parisiens need to beat Rennes at the Parc on Sunday night and hope that Lille do the business against leaders Montpellier. The first part of that equation may not be as simple as it seems, as we haven't won a home game against Rennes since October 2006.

"We must play at 200 per cent and follow exactly what the coach says in what is like a Champions League final to me," Nene told France Football, dusting off his hyperbole machine and cranking it up to the max.

"Anything is still possible. We must not let go and believe until the end. There are two remaining matches that certainly depend on us, but we hope there will be one or two favourable results that could help us.

"In that case, we can then hope to win the title. This is certainly the objective we set ourselves."

Almost Churchillian isn't it? Sort of.

Javier Pastore meanwhile has been busy talking to RMC:

"To not be champions would be horrible because we have been led for virtually the entire season," said the Argentine, conveniently ignoring the long stints where MHSC have topped the table.

 "We had our future in our hands. A few points have escaped us. We lost two, three games. We must think of the last two games, qualify directly for the Champions League and win the title if possible."

Amen to that. Pastore's form has been the focus of much attention this season, mainly due to the €42million price-tag foisted upon him when he joined PSG from Palermo last summer. After a bright start, El Flaco soon went off the boil, but in the last month or so has returned to something like his best, scoring in three consecutive games before failing to find the net against Valenciennes on Sunday.

"I am a little better physically. It is true that I have played better in recent games," he said. "I prepared with an Argentine athletic trainer I already knew, with whom I had worked in Palermo. I feel better. It'll help me finish the season well."

If PSG are going to win the title, they will need Pastore to play a big part in the final two matches. If he can do that it may quieten some of those who are already writing him off as an expensive flop. Don't stop Believin'.


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