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August 22, 2010 8:00 PM BST
Parc des Princes
Referee:‬ Mr Anthony Gautier‎
Alou Diarra 67′
Michael Ciani 90+4′

Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain – Girondins de Bordeaux

Les Rouge et Bleu are the next side to try and benefit from the slump les Girondins continue to experience...

By Robin Bairner

Ligue 1 : Jaroslav Plasil (Girondins de Bordeaux) - (Panoramic)
Good Start

Every summer an expectation builds around the performances of Paris Saint-Germain and almost invariably les Parisiens fall flat on their face, though victory against Bordeaux in Sunday night’s showcase encounter would certainly go some way to justifying the hype surrounding this vintage of the Parc des Prince’s finest.

An opening day triumph over Saint-Etienne was incisive and deserved, while last weekend’s 0-0 draw against a strong Lille side displayed that Antoine Kombouare’s men have plenty of backbone and won’t be easy to roll over.

Even with a largely reserve side in their Europa League encounter against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday evening Kombouare’s men would not be pushed off the winning track. With only a handful of first team regulars deployed in the starting XI, PSG cruised to victory. Peguy Luyindula, who is presently the top active scorer in Ligue 1 following Mamadou Niang’s departure to Fenerbahce, and Guillaume Hoarau scored the goals.

With a perfect record in competitive football at home to defence, PSG will be confident of scooping the points, though Kombouare will likely play their chances down in the media.

A Poor Vintage

Bordeaux haven’t had the opportunity to consider European football this term, still stinging from a miserable conclusion to last season that saw them fighting on four fronts only to crumble miserably on each. Les Girondins’ league form was the crucial facet of their campaign to suffer, and the club are still feeling the knock-on effects now.

At Christmas 2009 they seemed certainties to claim the Ligue 1 title, sailing miles clear of closest challengers Lille, Montpellier and Olympique de Marseille, though their collapse was so great that they would ultimately have to settle for a thoroughly disappointing sixth – an outcome unthinkable only five months previous.

Without Champions League football to financially support the squad, Jean Tigana has basically had to work with a fractured shell of what was left by Laurent Blanc. Short of confidence, the players are desperately toiling to find their best form, as the former Monaco and Fulham boss has already acknowledged.

“Bordeaux haven't got rid of their bad habits of last season. I wasn't there at the time but I've inherited a difficult situation,” Tigana has lamented. “This is a psychological problem.”

If les Girondins are to pinch anything from this encounter, they have to rapidly shed such issues as PSG are presently on the other end of the confidence spectrum.



Les Parisiens have a clean bill of health going into this encounter, assuming no knocks were picked up in the midweek meeting with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Veterans Gregory Coupet and Claude Makelele will be restored to the starting XI after being rested for Thursday night’s match.

Probable Starting XI:
Coupet; Jallet, Camara, Sakho, Armand; Sessegnon, Makelele, Bodmer, Nene; Hoarau, Erding


Jean Tigana continues to suffer from selection headaches, despite the return of Michael Ciani, Henrique and Cedric Carrasso from suspension.

Carrasso is still carrying an injury sustained with the France World Cup squad in South Africa and is not certain to feature, while understudies Ulrich Rame and Abdoulaye Keita are both missing too.

The defence hopes to regain Marc Planus, who was one of their key elements last term, in September.

Fernando Cavenaghi has been quiet in attack and will see his place come under threat from new signing Anthony Modeste.

Probably Starting XI:
Olimpa; Chalme, Ciani, Savic, Tremoulinas; Fernando, Diarra; Plasil, Gourcuff, Wendel; Cavenaghi

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Team News
Available Squads
-Grégory CoupetGoalkeeper
26Christophe JalletDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
4Claude MakeleleMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Mevlut ErdingStriker
30Apoula Edima EdelGoalkeeper
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
21Jean-Eudes MauriceStriker
-Ludovic GiulyStriker
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
8Péguy LuyindulaStriker
16Cédric CarrassoGoalkeeper
28Benoit TremoulinasDefender
6Ludovic SanéDefender
2Michael CianiDefender
21Matthieu ChalméDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
8Jaroslav PlasilMidfielder
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
30Kevin OlimpaGoalkeeper
15Vujadin Savic Defender
23Florian MarangeDefender
8Pierre DucasseMidfielder
20Henri SaivetStriker
27Anthony ModesteStriker
8Yoann GourcuffMidfielder
Players to Watch
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Nene will be the man PSG look to create them chances down the left flank and from set piece opportunities. While with Monaco the Brazilian displayed an aptitude for creating goals out of nothing and he has already opened his account with the Parc des Princes club in Ligue 1, scoring the third against Saint-Etienne a fortnight ago with a mundane tap-in. It’s over free kicks he should be closely watched, as he nearly snatched a dramatic winning goal against Lille in such a manner last weekend.
Yoann Gourcuff
Yoann Gourcuff
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
17 3 0 0
There is a great deal of pressure on the shoulders of Yoann Gourcuff to be the man who pulls Bordeaux from their problems. The creative midfielder hasn’t really lived up to his star billing over the course of the last year but as the club’s last big money acquisition will be the man that Jean Tigana looks to in order to provide that bit of magic to undo the hosts.
Probable Lineups
Grégory Coupet 0
Christophe Jallet 26
Zoumana Camara 6
Mamadou Sakho 17
Ceará 0
Nenê 19
Stéphane Sessegnon 28
Mathieu Bodmer 5
Claude Makelele 4
Guillaume Hoarau 13
Mevlut Erding 11
Cédric Carrasso 16
Benoit Tremoulinas 28
Ludovic Sané 6
Michael Ciani 2
Matthieu Chalmé 21
Wendel 0
Alou Diarra 23
Fernando 5
Jaroslav Plasil 8
Yoan Gouffran 11
Jussiê 10
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
14 1