Ancelotti expecting a response

Paris St Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti will be expecting a response from his side when they resume the hunt for the Ligue 1 title this weekend after their "worst match of the season" in their Coupe de France penalty shoot-out defeat at Evian.

Following on from the disappointment of their UEFA Champions League exit to Barcelona, the runaway Ligue 1 leaders saw their hopes of a domestic double evaporate at the Parc des Sports, when, after seeing midfielder Thiago Motta sent off during extra-time, Zlatan Ibrahmiovic and Thiago Silva both missed in the shoot-out and Evian went on to progress through to their first ever cup semi-final.

Nevertheless, PSG remain dominant at the head of the Ligue 1 table and on Sunday will host Champions League hopefuls Nice, who are fifth, defending a nine-point lead over Marseille with just six games left and looking set to land a first title in almost two decades.

Ancelotti said: "The season's not over and we need to give everything in every match. If your team doesn't show the right attitude then it is the coach's fault."

We are eliminated from the Coupe de France, but there is still the championship up for grabs.
Javier Pastore, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder

Midfielder Javier Pastore maintains the squad will not lose focus over the run-in.

"We are eliminated from the Coupe de France, but there is still the championship up for grabs," he said.

Nice have been handed a blow with the news 16-year-old sensation Neal Maupay needs surgery after snapping the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing for the reserves.

"It is a bitter blow for Neal and for us as we needed everybody for the final few matches of the season," said coach Claude Puel. "We have tried to protect him in terms of his amount of game time and the media pressure. At least now he will be able to prepare for his school exams in peace."