Sunday, 26 May 2013

Lorient vs PSG: This Carlo's not for turning

Like the recently departed Margaret Thatcher, Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is not for turning.

Fortunately Ancelotti does not have an army at his disposal (that I know of) to send into a pointless conflict on the other side of the world. And he's not threatening to take anyone's milk. But he is steadfast in his wish to leave PSG at the end of the season.

"I have not changed my mind," he said yesterday, after being asked about his future for the umpteenth time.

"Things are like last week. I am talking to the club to find a good solution for everyone. But it is not easy. We did not talk about this week, next week we'll talk."

A good solution for everyone? Fairly sure that's not going to happen, but Ancelotti insists that if he has to stay in Paris for the remaining year of his contract, he will

"If you do not find a solution, I must respect my contract," he added. "Maybe I'll be the next coach of PSG."

Yeah, and maybe Jeremy Menez will get a short back-and-sides next time he goes for a haircut.

The latest name to be linked with the position is outgoing AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri who, according to Sky Italia, has held talks with Leonardo this week. I can't help but feel Leo himself is the most likely candidate to take the hotseat, but I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to talk about that next week. And the week after.

Carletto will be in charge for tomorrow's game at Lorient though, as PSG bring the curtain down on a season which yielded a first Ligue 1 title for 19 years. He's already announced the team, which will see Papus Camara partner Rennes-bound Sylvain Armand at centre back, with Siaka Tiene making his first start of the season at left-back. Siaka has never been the most trim of full-backs, so I look forward to seeing how his physique has fared after a year spent mainly on the sidelines. Alphonse Areola will start in goal.

Lorient's season is over bar the shouting, and the Breton club has myriad injury problems, with the likes of Lamine Kone and Jeremie Aliadiere joining long-term absentee Alain Traore on the sidelines. Veteran defender Arnaud Le Lan will be playing though, and making his last appearance for FCL before retirement. Maybe he and Becks can have a little chat.

Kick off at Le Moustoir is at 8pm English time.


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