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Football | France

Ancelotti 'disappointed' by Pastore



Paris Saint Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted Friday he was disappointed by the recent performances of Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore.

The 23-year-old Pastore has scored a goal and set up four decisive passes in Ligue 1 this season, but was replaced by Nene at halftime in last weekend's 4-0 win against Troyes, and did not feature in Tuesday's League Cup defeat at Saint Etienne.

"I'm disappointed by his performances, the player is as well I think," Italian Ancelotti told a press conference here.

"He's working hard at the moment, these past few days he's been training twice a day," said Ancelotti, adding that for this reason Pastore would "surely be used tomorrow (Saturday)" for the Ligue 1 trip to Nice.

"It's surely not easy for him at the moment," added striker Ezequiel Lavezzi.

"Like any player when he losses confidence he can't show his characteristics and qualities. If he can play and gain in confidence no one can have any doubts about his qualities as a player."

Pastore joined PSG in a 42-million-euro deal in the summer of 2011.

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