Ancelotti eager for Maradona to manage in Ligue 1

The Italian boss says the introduction of the former Argentina attacker to Le Championnat would boost the profile of the league and praises his own side's recent successes
Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted the arrival of Diego Maradona to Ligue 1 would be a "good thing" for the league.

Speaking ahead of les Parisiens tie with Nancy, the former AC Milan player and manager welcomed suggestions that the 1986 World Cup winner could be on his way to manage Montpellier.

"The arrival of Maradona would be a good thing for the French championship," said the 53-year old.

The two men were contemporaries in Serie A during the late 1980s and early 90s, with the Italian at Milan and the Argentine at Napoli respectively.

"As a player I've played against Maradona, and he often won!" added Ancelotti.

The Italian coach also commented on his side's upcoming match against Nancy, after PSG eliminated Valencia in the Champions League during midweek.

"This game comes at an important moment, only three days after Valencia. It will not be easy to manage, especially physically. Champions League football takes a lot of energy especially for a team like us which is new to it.

"I’ll pick the freshest 11 possible,” added Ancelotti.

PSG welcome back talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who missed out against Valencia due to suspension but the Italian coach is well aware of
ASNL's threat.

“We are not afraid of Nancy but we respect this team. They had good results after changing the coach. They always had great games here. It's up to us to use our qualities. It will not be easy. All teams are well organised in this leag

Ancelotti also reserved praise for his team who are currently competing on three fronts, adding: "We are on time on our objectives.

"For now, we are still in three competitions and this is hard. To get to the quarter finals of Champions League on our first attempt is very positive. Some teams need five or six years to get there. Sometimes they never do.

"Right now it's positive as we are on the brink of some decisive months.”