Featured Matches
Previous
Manchester City
AC Milan
5
1
FT
Game Details
Liverpool
Olympiakos
1
0
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Everton
1
0
FT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
FC Dallas
2
2
FT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Portland Timbers
2
3
FT
Game Details
Norwich City
Nice
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Richmond Kickers
Crystal Palace
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Brøndby
Silkeborg IF
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AIK
Falkenbergs FF
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
BK Hacken
Djurgarden
5:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
Los Angeles
ESPN2 2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
All Boys
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Belgrano de Córdoba
Independiente
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Dec 4, 2012

Ancelotti plays down PSG form concerns

Carlo Ancelotti says his Paris Saint-Germain squad are disappointed with the way they have started the season, but added he has faced tougher times as a coach as he prepares for Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Porto.

• Ancelotti questions PSG attitude
• Blog: Knives out for Carlo
• Qualification permutations

The Italian's position at the Parc des Princes has come into question with his team having slipped to fourth in the Ligue 1 table after a miserable run of form in which just four points from a possible 15 have gone PSG's way.

His players have not escaped criticism either, and Ancelotti conceded the squad are aware they are yet to meet expectations. "The criticism is sometimes deserved. Right now, everyone's disappointed, because we haven't started the season well," Ancelotti said. "Things are going to change, because they're not normal right now. The league isn't finished. We'll be competitive soon."

With five points separating his team from Ligue 1 leaders Lyon, Ancelotti's domestic troubles are causing some discomfort, but in Europe, the four-time Champions League winner [twice as a player, twice as a manager] has looked at ease. Progress to the last 16 of the Champions League has already been secured, and Porto arrive at the Parc des Princes for Tuesday's final Group A encounter with only a point in hand over PSG.

Though in the eye of the media storm, Ancelotti, who has seen Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger all linked to his job in recent days, remains relaxed. "The first goal was to get out of the group. We've done that; that was important," he said. "This isn't the most difficult moment [of my career]. A coach's role is to handle the difficult times when they come.

"The pressure comes from the match, which is normal as the prize is significant. I think it'll be a good game. I have a positive gut feeling about it."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.