Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | France

Ancelotti confident as Lucas makes debut



Brazilian star Lucas Moura will make his Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday as coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed the 20-year-old will start against Ajaccio at the Parc des Princes.

"He will start," confirmed the Italian technician on Thursday.

"Physically, technically, there is no problem. Tactically he must still understand some movements for a player on the wing but these are just small things. He will get better," continued the former AC Milan and Chelsea coach.

"With him, a player will have to stay on the bench because he can play in the place of (Jeremy) Menez, (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) Ibra, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi or (Javier) Pastore. You will know on Friday who is the loser."

Lucas signed during the mid-season break for €40 million from Sao Paulo and is touted as one of the brightest talents in the game having already played 20 times at full international level, scoring three goals.

"There are a lot of Brazilians at PSG so it is not a problem to communicate. I think he will quickly have a good relationship with the other players," added Ancelotti who says the team are well prepared for the next stage of the season.

"The team is in good shape and we worked well in Qatar as well as here. We're ready for the second part of the season and while we might face a team against us (Ajaccio) who play it tight and play the counter-attack, I have a good feeling.

"All the players are in good physical condition and you need time with a new team but the reaction has been very good," he continued.

"The past month has shown we have a good attitude, solidarity and the right game and it's normal that people think that PSG will win the title but we can only achieve this if we show this attitude all the time and the key will be to keep the same mental approach."

Nicolas Anelka, who played under Ancelotti at Chelsea, has been training with the team this week after reportedly expressing his desire to quit Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. It remains unclear however whether he will sign with the club where he played three seasons during two spells.

"He was my player and today is a friend. I said that he could train here at the club where he was formed and at the moment he is training and we are not thinking about anything else," Ancelotti commented.

"If he asks to sign, we will think about it but I don't think it is possible even if I don't think he has problems with his club in China."

Another player rumoured to be on his way to Parc des Princes is Real Madrid's Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo although again Ancelotti remained cagey about a future deal even if the player himself has expressed interest.

"If he said that, he is responsible for his future, not me. But I am happy with the players I have and I can't talk about players who are currently with another club especially as they could be potential opponents in the Champions League."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Chima Emmanuel Aguma
The diamond is United's best friend
United’s recent spending raised questions on how the players would fit in to an XI. They were...

Neil Tovey
A striking concern
After Bafana Bafana drew a blank against Nigeria in Cape Town last week, our national striking woes...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref’s decisions to be challenged?
I read recently that Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the current Fifa president, is considering a move which...

Segun Odegbami
Worried, frustrated, angry and excited
Let me state it up front - I am worried, frustrated, angry and exited, all at once!

Carol Radull
Was Arsenal playing football?
What on earth was that? What was that game Arsenal were playing in Germany on Tuesday night?

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...