PSG EAGER TO BOUNCE BACK
Ligue 1 title-chasers Paris St Germain have a chance to put themselves back on track at Nancy on Saturday.
The match presents an obvious opportunity for Carlo Ancelotti's team to put recent disappointments behind them.
Draws against Caen and Bordeaux allowed Montpellier to depose PSG at the top of the table on goal difference - and elimination from the Coupe de France, at the hands of Lyon, was another blow to Parisian morale.
PSG at least managed to avoid a first league defeat in four months, against Bordeaux, but put in a laboured performance which featured plenty of chopping and changing from Ancelotti.
None of the above has darkened the mood of the club's Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, though.
"I'm just delighted to be here," he told L'Equipe, noting that his compatriot Ancelotti is still putting his stamp on the team following his mid-season arrival at the end of last year.
"The best teams rise to the top. Ours is still developing, and we've seen in lots of matches how well we can play ... then in others, we haven't been quite so good," he added.
"Everyone wants to win 3-0 or 4-0 all the time.
"But against PSG, all opponents are so motivated.
"Caen, for example, played unbelievably well against us. If they played like that every match, they would be in the Champions League.
"I've never seen a bunch of players just keep running the way they did."
Even so Sirigu has no doubts PSG still have what it takes to wrap up the title, despite the threat from Montpellier.
"If we were three or four points behind them, you might start asking yourself what's going wrong.
"But as things stand, we're level on points.
"We know we can still be champions, and we just have to keep that conviction in our heads."
Mid-table Nancy, as Sirigu points out, will not lack for motivation - given their chance, like others, to prove a point against the mighty Parisians.
They appear clear of trouble, but even a draw at home to their high-flying visitors would nonetheless be handy.
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