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Ancelotti: PSG must improve mentality

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is hoping his side can get their title challenge back on track against lowly Troyes on Saturday.

The capital city club have not won in their last three league games and have suffered two consecutive defeats at home, with their winless streak seeing them sit two points behind top side Saint-Etienne.

Ancelotti believes his players’ attitude has been the biggest thing holding them back but after an encouraging win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League mid-week, the Italian has insisted victory over Troyes will go a long way in getting their faltering season back on track.

“I do not think that our current issues regarding our attitude on the pitch are over yet. So the game tomorrow (against Troyes) is going to be important in order to confirm the same attitude and focus that we showed against Kiev. This is the minimum required in order to get better results,” he said.

“We did well against Kiev but we have to get more points in the league as quick as possible and tomorrow is going to be a good test for us in order to show the good performances we were able to make at the beginning of the season.

“After Rennes we had a difficult time. We lost against Saint-Etienne and Rennes. Paris Saint-Germain cannot lose two games in a row at home. So I said that we have some issues that we need to solve. The way they answered against Kiev was good. But now we have to confirm, and we have to do it tomorrow.”

PSG will be buoyed by the return of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to league action after he missed the last two games through suspension and Ancelotti is eagerly anticipating his inclusion in the side after an impressive showing against Kiev during the week.

“Zlatan gives some quality and confidence to the team. It is very important for us that he comes back within the team,” he said.

Fri 23 November, 2012
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