Mixed emotions for Ancelotti, Baup
Paris St Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti felt his side's midweek UEFA Champions League exertions contributed to a lack of intensity in last night's 2-2 draw at arch-rivals Marseille.
The visitors remained three points behind Ligue 1 leaders Marseille after two Andre-Pierre Gignac goals sandwiched a double by PSG's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. PSG lost 1-0 at Porto on Wednesday night and Ancelotti felt their efforts in Portugal were evident in their performance at the Stade Velodrome.
The Italian said: "We should have managed the game better after our second goal (which put them 2-1 up). We did not play a great match, but a good match. The result is not bad, but we did not put enough intensity into our performance. This can be explained by the recent series of matches and the trip to Porto."
Marseille coach Elie Baup was pleased with a point but disappointed his players had given Ibrahimovic the opportunity to net twice. "We would have liked to win this game, but given the tactical level, I can't reproach my players who gave their all," he told OM.net.
"We know Zlatan and his quality and he scored on two set pieces which is always a perilous position with a player of his quality. There was a lot of effort in the first half and it is hard to repeat that for 95 minutes. We had chances but we did not do enough while Paris remained dangerous."