Ancelotti admits PSG were fortunate to beat Valenciennes

The Italian struggled to explain why his side played with pressure in the opening stages of the seven-goal thriller at the Stade du Hainaut, confessing that they were lucky
Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that his Paris Saint-Germain side were fortunate to leave Valenciennes with a 4-3 victory on Sunday and keep their bid for the Ligue 1 title alive.

Seven goals were witnessed at the Stade du Hainaut, as the Parisians made a woeful start to the match, having gone down 2-0 inside the first 11 minutes of the encounter.

However, PSG eventually prevailed as they replied with four strikes of their own through Nene, Maxwell, Blaise Matuidi and Jeremy Menez to seal the comeback, but Ancelotti insists it could have been a whole lot worse for his players.

"It was a weird game," said Ancelotti told reporters after the match. "We made a terrible start but we got back to 2-1.

"I do not understand why we started the beginning of the game with so much pressure. We were not in a good stead. The result did not reflect the game."

Meanwhile, Jeremy Menez took a less analytical approach when looking back at the match: "We have no explanation, it happens sometimes in football."

PSG moved back on level terms with Montpellier at the Ligue 1 summit with 73 points, but have played a game more than Rene Girard's men.