Leaders Paris Saint-Germain
will be hoping the return of Javier Pastore will solve their
offensive problems when they entertain Ligue 1 title rivals
Montpellier on Sunday.
The Argentine sensation, who was signed before the start of
the season for a French record 42-million euro fee from Palermo,
is expected to play after a three-week injury layoff that
coincided with PSG's lack of creativity in midfield.
Pastore's presence was sorely missed when his team could
only manage a goalless draw at Nice last Saturday with PSG
dropping their first points since Carlo Ancelotti took over from
Antoine Kombouare at the end of December.
The club from the capital also struggled in a 1-0 win at
Dijon in a French Cup round of 16 tie on Wednesday as Jeremy
Menez struggled to create chances for his team mates.
"We must be more efficient in attack," Ancelotti told
reporters on Wednesday.
"What we showed would not be enough against Montpellier."
Ancelotti believes PSG needed to find ways to stretch
defences if they were to score more goals.
"We need to use the whole width of the pitch because our
opponents can too easily contain our three offensive players,"
he told a press conference earlier this week.
Pastore, whose silky touch and lightning-quick passes often
put defenders on the back foot, should be back on Sunday as PSG,
who have 50 points from 23 games, will be hoping to stretch
their lead to four points.
"I think he [Pastore] will be ready for the Montpellier
game," Ancelotti added.
Montpellier will once again rely on Olivier Giroud, the
league's top scorer with 16 goals, who on Wednesday hinted he
could stay next season if the side were to qualify for the
"I want to play the Champions League and whether Montpellier
are qualified for it or not will be a big factor in my
decision," the France striker told a news conference.
Champions Lille, who have a game in hand and sit third on 39
points, travel to Lorient on Saturday looking to revive their
title hopes after a dramatic 5-4 defeat to Girondins Bordeaux
"We must quickly regain some balance," coach Rudi Garcia
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the campaign and will host fourth-placed Olympique Lyon on
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