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Big-spending PSG already feeling the pressure

  • AFP, Monday, August 20, 2012 1:55 PM

Money doesn't always buy success, but that's the expectation when a team spends the sums invested by Paris Saint-Germain.

After two games, PSG has tied Lorient, 2-2, at home and Ajaccio 0-0 away, with the latter match featuring Ezequiel Lavezzi sent off for a dangerous foul and PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti dismissed for kicking a water bottle onto the field.

Even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta and Mohamed Sissoko a better performance was expected from PSG Sunday against Ajaccio, which gave it a taste of what it can expect this season. "It won't be easy," said PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi. "Everyone sees us as champions but the truth is on the field. They'll be waiting for us everywhere and every team will give 100 or 120 percent against us."

ibrahimovic's foot injury may heal in time for him to play against Bordeaux Sunday. Javier Pastore's performance in a withdrawn role against Ajaccio was not convincing. Motta's return from a thigh problem should help, and 19-year-old Italian Marco Verratti has impressed each time he has played. Thiago Silva, who played for Brazil in the Olympic Games, has yet to debut for PSG.

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