Previous
West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal
Nov 29, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Hertha Berlin
Bayern Munich
Nov 29, 2014 2:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Liverpool
Stoke City
Nov 29, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester United
Hull City
Nov 29, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sunderland
Chelsea
Nov 29, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Malaga
Real Madrid
Nov 29, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Nov 29, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
America
UNAM
Nov 29, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
Next

Barca attack picking up steam

Barcelona 8 hours ago
Read
Apr 6, 2013

Ancelotti to reward Beckham form

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at the stinging criticism of David Beckham in the French media and insisted he will hand him another start in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona next week.

• Blog: PSG take big step forward
• Ancelotti hints at PSG stay

Beckham won positive reviews in his English homeland for his display in the first tussle with Barca in Paris on Tuesday night, but there were scathing appraisals of his efforts in the French media, with one newspaper giving the veteran midfielder just three out of ten for his efforts.

Now Ancelotti has hit back at the critics of the 37-year-old, with the confirmation that Beckham will start at the Nou Camp next week likely to infuriate the cynics intent on undermining his efforts at PSG.

"It's not normal and unjust," Ancelotti said of the criticism flowing Beckham's way. "He had a really good match, he followed exactly what I told him to do. If Paris was good in the first 30 minutes against Barca, it's because Beckham was good. I don't understand the criticism.

"Sometimes players don't play because they haven't been training well. Beckham deserves to be on the pitch even if he is 37. He will definitely start the return match. The aim is to put out a team that can win the match. I'm not a Beckham supporter, nor a friend of Beckham. I try to be objective."

Ancelotti went on to angrily dismiss speculation that pressure was applied on him by his PSG bosses to play Beckham against Barcelona, insisting he is in complete control of team selection at the capital city club.

"I've had a lot of experience with these type of comments," he added. "It happened to me at AC Milan several times. People have to understand that you can't force a coach to use a player, because in this case, the coach can say to the president: 'OK, you're doing the coaching and I go home'.

"Presidents are very intelligent. In any case, with the ones I've had, (Silvio) Berlusconi, (Roman) Abramovich, Nasser (Al-Khelaifi), it never happened with me (that he was asked to pick certain players).

"I started coaching in 1995 and I've never been sacked mid-season. That means that I've never had pressure to use a player, because if I had I would have gone home or gone on holiday. It annoys me that people can think that."

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.