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League Cup not a priority for PSG, says Ancelotti
Published : 30 Oct 2012 16:47:23
Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday admitted that the French League Cup was not a prime concern for the Ligue 1 leaders, as they prepared to meet arch-rivals Marseille in a crunch round of 16 clash.
"The League Cup is not the priority but an important competition where we have to make a good impression. Against Marseille, it's always special. We want to win all the competitions we play in," he told a news conference.
Despite openly admitting the Ligue 1 title and Champions League rank higher up on his scale, Ancelotti stressed there would be no complacency on his team's part.
"We are going to play all the matches to win, to make a good impression and to win the competition. Every time a team can win a cup, it's good for confidence and the fans. And Le Classico, everybody wants to win it."
The PSG coach then added that he would convene with Zlatan Ibrahimovic before deciding whether his star striker would take part in Wednesday's match.
"I'm not sure if he will play," Ancelotti told reporters. "We still have a lot of matches. Physically he doesn't have a problem. Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will talk with him and we'll make the decision together.
"If he wants to play, he will play, it means that he is ready," said the Italian.
Two players ruled out against Marseille are goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and midfielder Marco Verratti.
Ancelotti said the cup match was an opportunity for reserve keeper Nicolas Douchez to get minutes under his belt, while he said Verratti would use this week to focus on strength training.