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Mixed emotions for Ancelotti

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti insists his team were not at their best during the 2-2 draw against Marseille on Sunday.

Andre-Pierre Gignac and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both netted braces as the clash between the top two teams in Ligue 1 finished level at Stade Velodrome.

Ancelotti was disappointed with the result and felt his players struggled to back up from their Champions League loss to Porto on Wednesday.

“We have not played with great intensity, I grant you,” the Italian told reporters.

“We could have put more intensity, but we left a lot of energy in Wednesday’s game and the trip to Portugal.

“We did not have a great game, it’s true. We should have exercised better control and should have tried to score again after taking the lead.”

The draw kept big-spending PSG, who are unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season, three points adrift of league leaders Marseille.

Ancelotti insisted the draw was an acceptable result but believes his side could have collected all three points.

“This is not a bad result. We even could have won. We took the lead but we were not able to control the game then. It’s a shame because we could win,” he said.

“We gave a good performance with a good grasp of the game and a good state of mind.”

Marseille coach Elie Baup was full of praise for his team for their efforts against Ancelotti’s men.

“We gave 100 percent then we tried to play and create some opportunities,” he said.

“Against such a good opponent it was not easy but I really can’t blame the players tonight, all I can say is that they tried their best.”

Mon 8 October, 2012
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