Marseille clash is not war, says PSG coach Ancelotti

The Italian trainer has attempted to diffuse the rivalry between France's two biggest clubs, insisting that the Ligue 1 blockbuster should not be compared to war
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has played down the significance of Sunday's clash against fierce rivals Olympique de Marseille, insisting that "it is not war".

For the first time since 1994, the biggest match in French football takes place with both rivals occupying the top two places in Ligue 1, making for a highly charged match at Stade Velodrome.

However, Ancelotti has sought to downplay the rivalry, in a match which has traditionally caused controversy in years gone by.

"A football game is not a war," the Italian trainer said bluntly to Le Parisien.

"Even if Marseille lead Ligue 1. And after three draws at the beginning of the season, in three of our first games, [a win] would be very good.

"PSG is better this season, even if [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is not 100 per cent."

Sunday's encounter at the Velodrome kicks off at 21:00CET.