Menez issues Euro 2012 apology

The 25-year-old was accused of insulting the referee as well as being involved in a row with his captain Hugo Lloris as Les Bleus were beaten by Spain in their quarter-final in Donetsk.

But the Paris St Germain player has sought to defuse the situation ahead of the FFF disciplinary meeting on Friday.

Menez told L’Equipe: “I sent a letter of apology (to the FFF). I apologised for my absence and for the accusations made against me. I am eager to turn the page.


“It’s annoying to have to face the committee – it is not good for the image. But I am making, and will make, efforts to improve myself every day.

“The story with Hugo, this was not really anything.

“It is something that exploded when there was nothing at all. In any case, I did not insult him. He himself said in L’Equipe that there was no problem between us.”

Of his clash with Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli, he added: “I was a bit upset. I did not start the game, we lost…

“(But) the action in question, I really did not commit any wrongdoing.

“It is true that it was not pretty. I want to apologise sincerely. Overall, in my case, it was an incident that should not have happened.”

Three other members of France’s squad – Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yann M’Vila – are also the subject of disciplinary proceedings for various offences in Poland and Ukraine.

PSG draw for Blues

Lucas Piazon’s first goal for Chelsea earned then the draw at New York’s Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening.

PSG, playing their third warm-up game ahead of the new campaign, did not select new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic but nevertheless fielded a strong attacking line-up and provided a stern test for the Blues.

The Ligue 1 runners-up had the better of the first half and took the lead in the 29th minute, Nene scoring from the rebound after Javier Pastore had wriggled between Gary Cahill and Gael Kakuta and struck his shot against the post.

England defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole were introduced for the final half-hour – their first pre-season action.

The equaliser arrived eight minutes from the end, 18-year-old Piazon combining with fellow Brazilian Ramires before coolly slotting into the bottom corner.

Chelsea, who opened their United States tour with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, next head to Philadelphia to prepare for Wednesday’s game against the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park.

Milan exit saddens Silva

The Brazil international has completed a big-money move to France just weeks after penning a new deal at Giuseppe Meazza.

Milan had looked to tie him down on fresh terms in an effort to fend off mounting interest from afar.

They were, however, unable to turn down the riches offered by PSG and Silva will be turning out in Ligue 1 next season.

“I was happy with the transfer and sad about my exit from Milan because I experienced some strong emotions there,” said the 27-year-old centre-half.


“This is football, one day you are here, the next day you are somewhere else. I had signed a new deal with them a week before.

“People call me a mercenary, which leaves me upset. I am not making more money at PSG. This is not my fault, I would like to apologise to the fans.

“This was a difficult situation for me, I did not want to leave Milan, and neither did my family. But it was a positive thing because Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti called me. When I joined Milan, it had also been Leonardo to call me. I really like him.

“PSG are a dream club, like (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic said.”

Lavezzi signed for PSG!

The Argentinian midfielder of Napoli, Ezequiel Lavezzi, today officially pledged in favor of PSG. The contract is for four years and the transfer fee estimated at € 26M.

Paris Saint-Germain is holding its first major summer signing. This is, as expected from Ezequiel Lavezzi, the excellent midfielder Naples. At 27, the Argentine international has signed a four-year lease with the club in the French capital, becoming the third most expensive reinforcement of its history (behind Nicolas Anelka and Javier Pastore). To afford the services of this brilliant talent, and cut, at the same time, the grass under the feet of competition, the second of last year in Ligue 1 had to pay, indeed, a mere $ 27 M €.

Lavezzi’s coming to PSG is the realization of a long and mutual interest. By the end of the previous season, the leaders in Paris, and headed Leonardo, had made him THE priority in recruitment. For its part, the player appeared immediately captivated by the Parisian project, despite solicitations from other prestigious clubs. Inter Milan had also done the forcing to get him in Lombardy, but the person concerned, formed the Boca Juniors, had given his word to the French team and he complied.

By signing Lavezzi from the day of the resumption of training, PSG undoubtedly strikes a big deal and its ambitions for the next campaign. Much like they did last year with Pastore, Ile-makers demonstrated that they could afford to attract the best players in the Calcio. Author of 47 achievements in 178 games played with Naples in the last five seasons, the Villa Gobernador Gálvez native will in all likelihood, make a big key technical and experience in training who do not really missing. His debut in Ligue 1 are scheduled Aug. 11 next to the Parc des Princes against Lorient.

With this new acquisition of renown, the size of Paris is starting to look great. Nevertheless, it is clear that with Lavezzi, there will be overcrowding in the offensive first team. Thus, it is likely that a player in its register will be released by Leonardo and his followers to make way for the international albiceleste. The element that is most likely to “jump” is the Brazilian Nene. Despite two good seasons achieved on the side of the capital, it would no longer be part of the plans of the leaders. His next point drop could be on the side of Lille.

Thiago Motta: “No pressure”

Thiago Motta, PSG midfielder, spoke on the final “sprint” of his team.

The PSG midfielder Thiago Motta, spoke at a news conference before moving on the lawn of Sochaux at the 33rd day of Ligue 1. “We approach this week as the other. I see no particular pressure. We will have other opportunities to pass the MHSC. All remaining matches will be important but remain focused on the next game against Sochaux. All teams play against we 100% so we must be focused from the start to the end.”

Mamadou Sakho: “I work for progress”

Mamadou Sakho deserved his position in the starting line-up PSG by stating that he worked hard every day to become a better football player.

“To each his own philosophy. I try to stay the same. I arrive in the morning with a smile. I give myself fully on the ground. I work for progress. This is essential. Of course it is frustrating and annoying (not to play), especially when you’re a competitor like me. But hey, there are still six games of the Championship. I remain focused on the goal of the club (Editor’s note: pick up the league title). We work for it since last summer. It would be nice to be rewarded at the end of the season.”

AJ Auxerre 1-1 PSG

Auxerre has managed to “hook” PSG and get a point in the final minutes on the match of the 32nd day (1-1).

Auxerre – Paris SG 1-1
Goals: Le Tallec (86th) – Nene (18th)

PSG missed a golden opportunity to return to the tune of Montpellier conceding a draw against Auxerre on Sunday. The Parisians have a great start the meeting by opening the scoring early, but were finally being overtaken late in the game. Blame it on a questionable attitude and a very brave team of Auxerre.

A solid start

After the missteps of MHSC, defeated on the lawn of Lorient on Sunday (2-1), Paris had the opportunity to pick up and even take the championship lead when goleada. Unfortunately, the Parisians have granted a new tie and a new faith disappointed when they had a golden opportunity here. Things had started well for Ancelotti’s team. Gameiro, tenure at the point of attack proved to be very active and difficult for the defense of Auxerre, undermined by the movements of the French center forward. And shortly before the half hour mark, he made the difference by serving perfectly Nene at the entrance to the surface, which then directed the race and the perfect shot for mistaken Sorin (23rd).

Of Auxerrois concerned

Auxerre, far from being sounded and also engaged in a battle even harder, then took advantage of this invitation to put pressure on the camp of Paris. But the technical errors of the collective Auxerrois have made it almost all attempts fruitless forays. Almost as some players like Camel Chafni have finally shown their talent to throw a chill in the Paris team. The Moroccan party on the left side, was based on Oliech before Bisevac feint with an inner hook and hitting power in the post … (53). A shot of hot Sirigu, who would save his team a few minutes later, slamming a head Oliech on a cross from the left (60th).

A difference in attitude

Nevertheless, it is Paris that would be the biggest regret of the evening when Nene, served in depth by Menez, left alone and ignored Gameiro goal at the far post to try a dribble (unsuccessful) to Sorin. The goal of the ultimate break then escaped to Paris and Auxerre, far from being cooled, was launched with even more enthusiasm in the assault. Enthusiasm perfectly embodied by Kossoko, far from perfect technically, but very aggressive and almost inevitably led to the equalization Auxerroise. Quite late in the game, the French striker got the better of Bisevac and struck out in force at the near post, forcing the ball to push Sirigu. Oliech, which was well attended, and caused a favorable against Le Tallec, placed near the penalty spot, pushed the ball into the goal almost empty (87th), to crucify the PSG. Unable to keep the score, or make the break, Parisians leave obviously disappointed and upset. For Auxerre, this is the bare minimum to maintain hope.

A new “schematic” for Ancelotti?

Carlo Ancelotti has once again used a gaming system without a center forward against Marseille players which Parisians are very well suited.

By winning against Marseille during the shock of the 32nd day, PSG could chase his doubts and get back in pursuit of the title. And waiting to see if Montpellier will leverage his match in advance (which will be played at the Velodrome), Paris offered some surprises against Marseille. First, the game system made ​​by Carlo Ancelotti, who fielded a team with no real front or craft center fixation point. A schematic increasingly topical in modern football, and had already been used by the Italian technician. But then, what 4-6-0 is there a remedy or a path forward on the side of Paris?

An inclusive hesitate

Before the kick-off against OM, we expected a Parisian team deployed in a Christmas tree diagram (4-3-2-1), the preferred tactic of Carlo Ancelotti, who has done his best days at AC Milan . One could then guess the tenure of William Hoare at the forefront of the attack to serve as a fulcrum to the midfielders. The French international makes a comeback in recent weeks, and scored points, including through the important goals against Montpellier (2-2), at OL (4-4) and Bordeaux’s (1 -1) which allowed him to relegate Kevin Gameiro on the bench.

However, Carlo Ancelotti surprised the gallery and a squad in a hybrid. Indeed, PSG has evolved into a game plan without true fixation point against Marseille. A scheme where they found Jeremy Menez in the role of false number 9, which then became involved in the construction of the game without ever playing near the opposing defenders. So, here hinge Olympian M’Bia N’Koulou had no reference point, and has struggled to adjust his game to counter the surprise of Paris technician. And in addition to this extra player in the middle, Paris has also been able to rely on a medium with three to play higher, as was the case in front of the second period against Bordeaux, at the 29th day (1 – 1).

A conclusive test

Therefore, PSG has set up his game and has endeavored to combine in the final meters, while ensuring good coverage of the width in defensive phase. The many permutations between Pastore, Nene and Menez, also troubled Marseille defenders, who have long been discouraged at the idea of ​​following the players at their stalls in Paris. This approach has also asked a good agreement between the offensive players in the sector who provide the depth that could cause sterile possession in the last 30 meters. And if Nene, Pastore and Menez responded well against Marseille and against TFC in the first test of Carlo Ancelotti (3-1), it will see players’ reactions over time.

The main argument of this side is the hybrid 4-6-0 formation, which offers Carlo Ancelotti can deploy its defensive organization in the same way as with the 4-3-2-1. And it can also take advantage of associative qualities and mobility of the trio Nene, Pastore, Menez. French, accustomed to evolve on a wing and to return to the axis, showed yesterday that he was able to play back to goal and achieve the necessary races to help his team to move into the opponent. Now remains to be seen whether his performance will encourage Carlo Ancelotti to repeat the experience, or if things take another turn next season. What is certain is that this Parisian group seems well equipped to surprise his opponents.

Chantome out for 3 weeks

The PSG midfielder Clement Chantome is still missing three weeks after a hip injury.

Already missing this season of injury reasons, Clement Chantome continues to be hampered. The PSG midfielder who has a hip problem, is expected to be absent during the next 3 weeks. That should go back to coincide with the final sprint of the race for championship of France.

AS Nancy 2-1 PSG

PSG conceded its first loss in L1 Ancelotti’s era, his second in three games, in Nancy.

Paris SG version Ancelotti has experienced his first defeat in the Championship of France in Nancy (2-1) and is now on a series of four games without a win in all competitions (2 draws, 2 losses), the second always behind Montpellier, at Cape the 30th day. The questions are now constantly increasing number of the tag champion stuck in the neck of the PSG since the arrival of new Qatari owners.

Ancelotti loses his Latin

And coach Carlo Ancelotti has not provided sufficient answers. The Italian had repeatedly said that with him no one was indispensable. It was not just words. “Carletto” Nancy has messed with Sakho and Nene on the bench and Thiago Motta and Alex in the stands! If we add these two players a Maxwell on the bench at kick-off, no recruits from winter transfer window was on the lawn early in the game! But that changed nothing. Worse, it is Nancy who finished the game strong with a goal of Mollo (already decisive passer on the first goal) for the victory in the 89th minute, when, against a loss generated by a ball Maxwell, Mollo s relies on Moukandjo who procrastinate facing Bisevac and found his teammate at the edge of the area. Mollo then beat Sirigu with a shot along the ground far from overpowering that fits into the side netting opposite without the Italian goalkeeper could intervene. Armand had indeed helped to reduce the brand Sissoko after the break (49th) at once determined the skull, but it was not enough to a cowardly Paris late in the game. Say that the “money-time” was the specialty of PSG far …

The wrong operation is not so bad, yet, in terms of ranking points for PSG, still tied behind Montpellier units. But in terms of image, the situation is terrible for a club that has spent about 100 million euros in the transfer market in summer and winter. Montpellier and now has everything to gain with his game shifted to April 11 against a Marseille haggard. And PSG has not prepared its best clasico at Parc des Princes next Sunday against OM by adding a ton of pressure with this unexpected setback …