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Menez calls for focus

Paris Saint-Germain winger Jeremy Menez has reiterated that his team-mates cannot afford to relax as they continue to chase league leaders Lyon.

The capital club face Remi Garde’s side on Sunday, when a win for PSG will send them to the top of Ligue 1 on goal difference.

However, a run of indifferent results after a blistering start to the season has put Carlo Ancelotti’s men on edge, and Menez insists they realise the implications of another dip in form.

“I said in an interview before the start of the season – we are our own enemy. Just because there are 11 players on the pitch with a history together doesn’t mean we will win every game,” Menez said.

“Everybody knows that. Everybody realises that as well, which is probably why we play better. Everybody goes in the same direction now, and for the last three weeks. We will be hard to play against I think.

“We can’t lie to ourselves. When thing goes wrong it might be because of a lack of commitment. Things went wrong.

“When we all meet, we tried to find what went wrong and find solutions. If we didn’t have good results, it’s because we didn’t have the good state of mind. We were not going in the same direction.

“One player was pressing, the others were not. Sometimes, it’s good to all meet and say what’s going wrong.

“There is always a risk to relaxing too early in a game. If it happens again, it means we are stupid and that we simply don’t want to succeed.

“We know that when everyone make an effort, we take pleasure in the pitch and everything is better.”

Fri 14 Dec, 2012
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