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Messagepar lw789 » 09 Juin 2017, 00:16

PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has challenged his players to face up to themselves following Saturdays 4-2 defeat at Bastia, citing their lack of mental strength and criticizing their propensity to give up at the slightest difficulty.Despite boasting one of the best strikers in the world in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and five players costing €40 million ($47 million) or more, PSG has lost two and drawn one of its last three league matches to slip to fourth place in the French title race.Poor defending, a lack of aggression in midfield, ill-discipline and fragile team spirit has blighted PSG this season.Saturdays loss came after PSG led 2-0 inside 20 minutes. Prior to the winter break, PSG lost 1-0 at struggling Guingamp, a team with a minute budget compared to PSGs.At the slightest difficulty, we give up ... There is a mental problem, Blanc said. When it comes to the mental aspect, it can affect everyone. Its very hard for a coach.The pressure is on PSG and Blanc ahead of Tuesdays League Cup quarterfinal away to Saint-Etienne, which is in third place in the French league, boasts a strong home record, and knocked PSG out of the competition at the same stage two seasons ago.The (coaching) staff has accepted responsibility, Blanc told a news conference Monday. The players havent taken things on board yet. Theyre the ones who are playing. When they play well, they get praised, and deservedly so. When results are bad, the coachs (tactics) are questioned.After a scrappy 3-1 win against Ajax in the Champions League in late November, Blanc gave assurances that his team would improve significantly in the ensuing weeks.The opposite happened. A 3-1 loss at Barcelona was followed by the Guingamp defeat and a tepid 0-0 draw against Montpellier that left home fans glum-faced.Blanc said he felt anger after the Bastia defeat and considers his players lucky to have a chance to make amends so soon after, so long as they beat Saint-Etienne.PSG headed into the winter break in third place behind Lyon and league leader Marseille.Despite fielding eight homegrown players in its starting lineup, cash-strapped Lyon now tops the league — four points clear of big-spending PSG after 20 games — prompting fears of another upset. In the 2011-12 campaign, PSG lost the title to unheralded Montpellier, despite leading Montpellier by three points at the winter break.Preparations for the second half of the season started badly when Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani — the clubs most expensive signing at €64 million ($75.4 million) — and Argentina winger Ezequeil Lavezzi failed to turn up for training camp.Blanc, Frances former national team coach, dropped them from the squad for the past two games and excluded them from training. They have resumed training, but Blanc again left them out for the trip to Saint-Etienne.He has pledged to be tougher with his players in order to eradicate a culture of special favours reserved for certain big names at the club. Ibrahimovic, for example, was allowed to return to his native Sweden to go hunting, when he was recovering from a heel injury, and was rarely seen cheering on his teammates at Parc des Princes.Ibrahimovics negative body language against Bastia and the poor discipline shown by Cavani and Lavezzi, underlines a fragile team spirit and highlights increasing tensions within the star-studded squad.Blanc has not ruled out buying or selling during Januarys transfer window, but says everyone waits until the last minute before doing business. Cheap Derek Carr Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap Raiders Jerseys Authentic . However, after review it became clear Kadri kicked the puck in. ... per-jersey. The game had many controversial incidents that, upon closer inspection, were not as controversial as many believed. 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We have to get out of this black hole were in right now.The Alouettes face the Redblacks on Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium, where Ottawa beat them 26-10 in a pre-season game when Henry Burris went 17-for-22 and running back Chevon Walker scored three touchdowns.Montreal has lost six in a row, while Ottawas losing run is at five.The Alouettes return home after losses at Saskatchewan and Winnipeg in which the defence was mostly solid but the offence continued to struggle.The ongoing search for a replacement for retired future Hall of Famer Anthony Calvillo took another twist as former Edmonton Eskimo Jonathan Crompton showed some promise at quarterback when he replaced starter Alex Brink in the second quarter in Winnipeg.Crompton, the fourth pivot to see action this season, is to get is first CFL start against the Redblacks.The main difference is his level of communication during the game, said Brodeur-Jourdain. Hes communicating well, trying to be loud and clear.He shows a lot of confidence. But I honestly think the four quarterbacks we have are the same. We just need time to develop.Time is starting to run short. The game marks the end of the first half of the regular season for both teams.Luckily for them, the division is so awful that both teams as well as Hamilton are only four points behind first-place Toronto. It is looking almost certain that there will be a crosssover team from the West in the East playoffs, so finishing in the top two is essential.ddddddddddddIts been a shock for Burris.Ive been in this thing for 14 years and Ive never seen this type of discrepancy between the East and the West, he said. I thought Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton would be duking it out and wed be doing what we can to get better as the season went on.But well take this. There are enough games left in the season to overcome what weve done in the past and try to get ourselves going and make a run at the playoffs.The Alouettes may have caught a break when receiver Weston Dressler, cut this week after an NFL tryout, turned down Ottawas offer and returned to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Like Burris, Dressler has been particularly productive against Montreal in his career.The Redblacks are coming off losses at home of 32-7 last week against Calgary and 10-8 against Edmonton on Aug. 15. Their win was over Toronto by 18-17 at home on July 18.Now they have a shot at a first road victory against a struggling team.Both sides know this is a big game, said Burris. Its a great opportunity for each team to get momentum on their side.Both teams are looking for a positive spark. Of course, we feel were the team that deserves it, but its all about which team gets the job done. Montreal and us are in the same situation and are working our butts off to get up off this doormat.The Alouettes have not lost more than 10 games in a season since they returned to Montreal after a 10-year hiatus in 1996, but they will need a major turnaround to avoid that.Fans are losing patience with the quarterbacks and first-year coach Tom Higgins, and the shouts for change will grow louder with another loss.Technically, it may not be a must-win, but it certainly feels like it.I can say we played our best football the last two games, said Higgins. Yeah, theyre an expansion team, but they have a more experienced quarterback than we do.Were at home. We have to win at home. We have to beat an eastern club and get on the winning side of some games. So we can call it whatever we want. Were going to line up and try to win a game. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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