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Rennes 0 PSG 2: David Beckham denied first Ligue 1 goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Rennes 0 PSG 2: Ibrahimovic steals Beckham's thunder… but they're still smiles ahead in title race

PUBLISHED:

20:20 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at Rennes to maintain their march to the French league title and help eradicate memories of one of the lowest points of the season.

Jeremy Menez scored a stunning solo goal in the 56th minute as PSG re-established its seven-point lead in the standings.

Cool head: David Beckham lifts the ball over the on-rushing Benoit Costil

Cool head: David Beckham lifts the ball over the on-rushing Benoit Costil

PSG's David Beckham celebrates after the opening goal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the result in stoppage time as PSG recorded its first win at Rennes since 2002. PSG maintained its lead over Marseille, which beat Bordeaux 1-0 on Friday.

Rennes has won only one of its past 10 matches.

PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti rested more than half of his team ahead of Wednesday's return leg at Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Only four of the starting 11 which helped PSG to a 2-2 draw in the first leg were on the pitch at kickoff against Rennes. Back in November, Ancelotti admitted his team was in crisis after it lost 2-1 at home to Rennes, which played most of the second half with nine men.

PSG almost got off to a poor start but goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu did well to turn Sadio Diallo's shot round his left post.

Ibrahimovic came close to giving PSG
the lead in the 21st with a free kick from just outside the area which
flew past the left upright.

The striker should have done better three minutes from halftime when he
seemed certain to score after spinning to collect a through ball from
Menez and racing into the area. However, his left-footed effort lacked
power and was straight at Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

All smiles: Beckham shares a joke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the striker had opened the scoring

All smiles: Beckham shares a joke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the striker had opened the scoring

Head in hands: Beckham clearly can't believe the referee's decision

Head in hands: Beckham clearly can't believe the referee's decision

PSG finally scored 11 minutes after the break, as Clement Chantome found Menez, who beat almost the entire Rennes defense before firing past Costil.

PSG doubled its lead at the death. David Beckham appeared to be close to scoring his first Ligue 1 goal but Ibrahimovic made sure, heading in from practically on the goal line for his 26th league goal of the season.

PSG centre back Thiago Silv did not play in the match and is a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona due to a knee problem, said coach Carlo Ancelotti.

'Thiago Silva suffered a knock on his knee against Barcelona on Tuesday,' Ancelotti said. 'Will he be ready for Wednesday I don't know, we'll see.'

Ancelotti also said PSG's Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, who has been suffering with a thigh injury, would face a last-minute fitness test.

PSG will already be without suspended holding midfielder Blaise Matuidi for the return leg at the Nou Camp.

Samir Nasri calls Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini a liar

You're a liar! Nasri hits back at Mancini and praises former manager Wenger as his best-ever boss in further snub

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

22:29 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:56 GMT, 2 April 2013

Samir Nasri has labelled manager Roberto Mancini a liar after the Italian questioned his 24million man’s efforts in training.

The Frenchman has endured a difficult campaign with the Premier League champions, and was damned with faint praise by Mancini after his impressive showing against Newcastle on Saturday.

Nasri turned in a man of the match performance in City’s 4-0 win and the manager joked that he ‘wanted to give him a punch’ for only showing his best form it fits and bursts.

False accusations: Samir Nasri, who shone against Newcastle, has hit back at manager Roberto Mancini

False accusations: Samir Nasri, who shone against Newcastle, has hit back at manager Roberto Mancini

False accusations: Nasri (right), celebrating with Carlos Tevez against Newcastle, has hit back at Mancini

‘I don’t know what the difference was
today,’ Mancini said. ‘I can’t understand sometimes a player with his
quality doesn’t play like today every game. I think that the second year
is always difficult to win again. And sometimes a player can think it
is enough to play 50 per cent. Probably we had this problem this year.’

But speaking on French television channel beIN Sport on Monday night, Nasri hit back.

He
said: ‘I am aware that I have not had a good season. There are many
reasons for this. But when Mancini said that I’m training at 50 per
cent, this is not true.’

Swipe: Mancini had blasted Nasri for only putting '50 per cent' effort in in training

Swipe: Mancini had blasted Nasri for only putting '50 per cent' effort in in training

In
another thinly veiled swipe at Mancini, Nasri heaped praise on former
boss Arsene Wenger, under whom he was first given a chance in the
Premier League when he signed for Arsenal in 2008.

The
France international spent three years at the Emirates Stadium, but
left in 2011, a decision which continues to sit uncomfortably with
Gunners fans.

But the
25-year-old says he has no regrets about the decision to turn his back
on ‘the greatest coach he ever worked with’, insisting his decision to
move north was not based on money.

In action: Nasri put in an impressive display in City's ruthless 4-0 demolition of Newcastle on Saturday

In action: Nasri put in an impressive display in City's ruthless 4-0 demolition of Newcastle on Saturday

nasri

He
added: ‘Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach I have worked with. He is
the one who understands me the most, he made me realise my potential. I
am grateful to him for the role he played in my career. I only regret
not having more discussions with him when I left.

‘I
do not have other regrets. I do not regret joining Manchester City. I
want to play and perform, and my departure from Arsenal is purely for
sporting reasons.

‘When you
compare Arsenal and City, it’s not the same. With City I’m playing in a
better team, I won the title, and Arsenal fight to qualify for the
Champions League. I didn’t leave for money.

Mentor: Nasri said Arsene Wenger, watching Arsenal's win over Reading, was his best-ever manager

Mentor: Nasri said Arsene Wenger, watching Arsenal's win over Reading, was his best-ever manager

‘Even when I left, I was in training well. All went well with the manager because he knows I showed professionalism.’

And
in a move which likely enrage fans even further, Nasri claims he was
forced out of the club because unpopular owner Stan Kroenke wanted to
cash in a player who had one year left on his deal.

The real story: Nasri claimed he was forced out of Arsenal by billionaire owner Stan Kroenke

The real story: Nasri claimed he was forced out of Arsenal by billionaire owner Stan Kroenke

‘Cesc
[Fabregas, who quit for Barcelona the same summer] or me were supposed
to leave,’ he explained. ‘Arsene told me that if Cesc would leave, I
would stay. ‘But Kroenke could not ignore the transfer fee.’

Nasri also dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from England this summer, despite interest from his homeland.

‘There is nothing going on with Monaco, nor with PSG,’ he concluded.

Jonny Wilkinson signs one-year contract extension to prolong career at Toulon

Wilkinson signs one-year contract extension to prolong career at Toulon

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

11:20 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 30 March 2013

Jonny Wilkinson has revealed he canvassed the opinions of fellow fly-half stars Matt Giteau and Frederic Michalak before electing to extend his career for a further year.

The 33-year-old England World Cup winner spent the winter debating whether to continue his successful stint at wealthy French club Toulon or retire.

The pain of a long-standing groin problem was tipping the balance towards retirement, but following the success of a recent operation, he says another season is now in his sights.

On the up: Jonny Wilkinson has led Toulon into the Heineken Cup quarter finals this season

On the up: Jonny Wilkinson has led Toulon into the Heineken Cup quarter finals this season

St George: Wilkinson plays alongside Englishmen Andrew Sheridan, Simon Shaw and the Armitage brothers

St George: Wilkinson plays alongside Englishmen Andrew Sheridan, Simon Shaw and the Armitage brothers

Discussing his recent operation in The Times, Wilkinson said: 'I didn't know if it was going to work, but it has given me the ability to go out and work hard, to recover and go again.

'From November through to January, I was thinking: end of career.'

Wilkinson said the views of Toulon team-mates Giteau and Michalak were taken into account before he decided to play on.

'These are guys who play inside and outside me and both play in my position too, so there is no better position to have to see if they think I am doing a good job,' he said.

Crunch match: Toulon face an tough quarter final in the south of France when they host Leicester

Crunch match: Toulon face an tough quarter final in the south of France when they host Leicester

'I also wanted to know where they see their futures. Am I in the way of their future Am I helping their future Do they feel comfortable playing alongside me I was more than willing to hear.

'These are guys for whom I have such great respect, guys from whom you want to hear the negative stuff.

'But they were really honest and I got the impression that they wanted me there.'

Champagne moment: Wilkinson will always be remembered for his drop-goal to win the 2003 World Cup

Champagne moment: Wilkinson will always be remembered for his drop-goal to win the 2003 World Cup

Wilkinson stepped down from the international game just over a year ago following a stellar Test career, but his name continues to be linked with the British and Irish Lions squad to tour Australia.

While refusing to rule himself out of contention, he admits he has had no contact with head coach Warren Gatland and considers himself a left-field selection.

'The Lions is so exciting,' he said. 'I would certainly welcome the opportunity, though I'm not sure why my name would be mentioned.

'I'm not thinking, ''I'm in with a shout''.

'The young guys in international rugby are the ones taking the sport forward.'

Honoured: Wilkinson won an MBE for his exploits at the World Cup

Honoured: Wilkinson won an MBE for his exploits at the World Cup

Newcastle vow to keep spending big as scout Graham Carr"s search for new talent goes on

Newcastle vow to keep spending big with super scout Carr scouring the globe (possibly in disguise) for new talent

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

23:06 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 27 March 2013

Newcastle United have vowed to keep spending and scour Europe for new talent after re-entering the world's top 20 spenders.

And managing director Derek Llambias says chief scout Graham Carr, the man responsible for Newcastle's successful forays into France, may have to travel in disguise in his personal bid to find the best the continent has to offer.

His comments came after Newcastle announced they made a profit for the second year running in their financial figures, released yesterday. The figure of 1.4million is significantly down on last year's 32.6million, but that was largely down to Andy Carroll's 35million sale to Liverpool.

Classy: France international Yohan Cabaye has proved a superb signing

Classy: France international Yohan Cabaye has proved a superb signing

Disguise needed Newcastle's Graham Carr

Disguise needed Newcastle's Graham Carr

Newcastle, who are back among the game's big-spenders after increasing turnover by 5.4 per cent to 93.3million, increased their wage bill to 64.1million. But that 20 per cent rise is thanks to the addition of players Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveaux and the recently departed Demba Ba.

Even after adding five more French players to their squad in January, Llambias has vowed to continue backing manager Alan Pardew, and the judgement of Carr in their summer's transfer window.

Although he admitted the Newcastle chief scout may have to go disguised as comedian son Alan to see off competition from Barclays Premier League rivals.

Scouted: Papiss Cisse was a surprise signing but has also impressed

Scouted: Papiss Cisse was a surprise signing but has also impressed

Llambias said: 'I think Graham Carr has more company when he is out there. He's not wearing a disguise just yet but definitely has more company. If he started wearing glasses, he would start looking like his son, Alan.

'There is still money available. There are several positions we are looking at. Next year, we will have the TV money. There is a budget to spend.

'But our transfer policy remains the same. No trophy buys. Basically, we will continue our model as it is. It works so we won't break it.

Healthy profit: Newcastle received a good fee for Demba Ba from Chelsea

Healthy profit: Newcastle received a good fee for Demba Ba from Chelsea

'We are actively looking at players and have been since October. All over Europe. It's not just France. That's been a good market for us but there are only so many you can get from there.

'There is again a profit this year and we are pleased with any profit, considering where we were in 08-09 to where we are now. It is a huge difference and we have increased the size of the squad in the meantime. We are definitely going in the right direction. We had a 17million operating loss in our first year.'

Arsenal join Newcastle United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in race to sign Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal join race to sign 15m-rated 'African Neymar' Aubameyang after scouting mission

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:38 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:38 GMT, 10 March 2013

Arsenal have joined Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham in the race to sign Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a player dubbed 'the African Neymar.'

The club's scout, Gilles Grimandi, had a close look at Aubameyang in the 2-2 draw with Rennes on Friday night, in which the Gabon player scored his 16th goal of the season.

Good impression: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Saint-Etienne on Friday night in front of a number of Premier League scouts

Good impression: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Saint-Etienne on Friday night in front of a number of Premier League scouts

Prospect: Arsenal have joined Chelsea, Spurs and Newcastle in the race to sign the 15m-rated Gabon striker

Prospect: Arsenal have joined Chelsea, Spurs and Newcastle in the race to sign the 15m-rated Gabon striker

Already highly-regarded in France, Aubameyang has moved onto the radar of a number of Premier League sides, many of whom have sent over scouts to watch him.

Arsene Wenger is expected to deploy Grimandi and chief scout Steve Rowley to more Saint-Etienne matches before the end of the campaign, as Arsenal ponder a 10m move.

Newcastle came close to signing the 23-year-old in the January transfer window, only for the French club to reject their bid as they hold out for a 15m fee in the summer.

Celebration: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sent trusted scout Gilles Grimandi to watch Aubameyang on Friday

Celebration: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sent trusted scout Gilles Grimandi to watch Aubameyang on Friday

Michel Platini says 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be staged in winter

Qatar World Cup must be staged in the winter to protect players and fans, says Platini

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

11:49 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 2 March 2013

Michel Platini says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be held during the winter to protect the players and fans from the searing desert heat.

Temperatures can exceed 40 degrees in the summer in the middle-eastern country, compared to a more comfortable 17 degrees in the winter.

The finals were controversially awarded to Qatar two years ago with Platini, the UEFA president, one of those who voted in their favour.

Winter World Cup: UEFA President Michel Platini says the 2022 tournament in Qatar must be staged in the winter months to protect players and fans from 40C temperatures

Winter World Cup: UEFA President Michel Platini says the 2022 tournament in Qatar must be staged in the winter months to protect players and fans from 40C temperatures

'I am in favour of Qatar under two conditions,' the former French star told Bild newspaper. 'Because of the heat the World Cup will need to be held in the winter.

'With over 40 degrees, playing football is impossible and for fans it would also be unbearable.

'Also, the neighbouring emirates must be included so that the World Cup is staged throughout the entire region.'

Grand designs: The proposed Al-Rayyan football stadium in Doha, to be built for the 2022 World Cup

Grand designs: The proposed Al-Rayyan football stadium in Doha, to be built for the 2022 World Cup

Spectacular: The Qatar University Stadium in Doha, another one of the proposed venues

Spectacular: The Qatar University Stadium in Doha, another one of the proposed venues

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait are among the neighbouring countries that could be considered.

Platini's proposals will cause chaos to the regular football calendar, with six or seven weeks of disruption to domestic leagues.

PSG 2 Marseille 0: David Beckham edges out Joey Barton

PSG 2 Marseille 0: Beckham wins battle of Brits as Ibrahimovic downs Barton's boys

PUBLISHED:

21:48 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 27 February 2013

David Beckham was given a less than warm welcome from Joey Barton but had the last laugh as Paris Saint-Germain came out on top against Marseille.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals but all eyes were on Beckham as he made his first start for the French club – and Barton made his presence felt when he barged into his fellow Brit in the first half.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break and made sure of the victory with a second-half penalty.

Beckham was later booked but was substituted to a standing ovation with five minutes remaining.

More to follow…

Le Crunch: Joey Barton takes no prisoners as David Beckham (right) is sent flying

Le Crunch: Joey Barton takes no prisoners as David Beckham (right) is sent flying

Sore one: Beckham (right) is tackled by Marseille's midfielder Jacques Romao

Sore one: Beckham (right) is tackled by Marseille's midfielder Jacques Romao

Eyes on the prize: Beckham helped his new side to victory in the French Cup tie

Eyes on the prize: Beckham helped his new side to victory in the French Cup tie

Pass and move: Beckham showed signs of his ability on his first start for the Paris club

Pass and move: Beckham showed signs of his ability on his first start for the Paris club

Opening salvo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to put PSG in front against Marseille and celebrates (below)

Opening salvo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to put PSG in front against Marseille and celebrates (below)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

David Beckham makes Paris Saint-Germain debut in 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille

PSG 2 Marseille 0: Winning start for Beckham as English star has a hand in second goal during 15-minute debut

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

22:01 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 24 February 2013

David Beckham made a winning debut for Paris Saint-Germain as they took a big step towards the French championship with a 2-0 win over bitter rivals Marseille.

The former England captain came on with 15 minutes remaining and had a hand in his new team's second goal, scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Earlier, Lucas Moura's shot was deflected off Joey Barton and Nicolas N'Koulou to give the hosts a 10th minute lead.

Debut: David Beckham came off the bench in the 76th minute to make his first appearance for new club Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 win over rivals Marseille

Debut: David Beckham came off the bench in the 76th minute to make his first appearance for new club Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 win over rivals Marseille

First start: Beckham started on the bench and came on for Javier Pastore in the closing stages

First start: Beckham started on the bench and came on for Javier Pastore in the closing stages

Helping hand: In blizzard-like conditions in Paris, Beckham played a part in PSG's second goal, scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Helping hand: In blizzard-like conditions in Paris, Beckham played a part in PSG's second goal, scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Barton played from the start for Marseille, but Beckham had to make do with a start on the bench in snowy Paris.

He completed two warm-ups during the
second-half and replaced Javier Pastore in the 76th minute. Beckham's
passing looked as sharp and reliable as ever, as he connected with
teammates Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jeremy Menez, Ezequiel Lavezzi and others.

And it was Beckham who chipped a ball
over the Marseille defence into the path of Menez in the first minute
of injury time. Menez crossed and Ibrahimovic deflected the ball past
Steve Mandanda with his knee.

In an open and entertaining game, PSG failed to fully capitalise on an early lead gained fortuitously when Moura's shot, which was going wide, deflected first off Barton and then off N'Koulou to wrong foot Mandanda in goal.

Marseille, inspired by the excellent Mathieu Valbuena, created a number of good openings to equalise and PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu saved smartly on a number of occasions.

The win is significant for PSG, who are chasing a third French title, as it took them back above Lyon, who had beaten Lorient 3-1 earlier in the day.

More to follow…

Contrasting fortunes: Joey Barton can only look on in disappointment as Beckham hugs Ibrahimovic after the second goal

Contrasting fortunes: Joey Barton can only look on in disappointment as Beckham hugs Ibrahimovic after the second goal

SIX NATIONS 2013: England XV to play France

Tuilagi recalled by Lancaster in one of three changes made by England for Le Crunch

By
Rob Wildman

PUBLISHED:

10:45 GMT, 21 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:15 GMT, 21 February 2013

Stuart Lancaster has urged England to vary their attack against France after confirming his team for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham.

As predicted by Sportsmail this week England’s head coach has decided to make three changes for the third match en route to a possible Grand Slam.

Following the win over Ireland, Lancaster this morning announced he had recalled centre Manu Tuilagi, hooker Dylan Hartley and flanker Courtney Lawes.

Centre of attention: Manu Tuilagi runs with the ball during England training at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday

Centre of attention: Manu Tuilagi runs with the ball during England training at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday

ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE FRANCE:

15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Courtney Lawes, 8 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain).

Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 David Wilson, 19 James Haskell, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Danny Care, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.

All three were substitutes in the win
in Dublin and replace Billy Twelvetrees, Tom Youngs and James Haskell
who are all on the bench this time.

Lancaster is looking to use the
firepower of the trio to tackle a French team who have had endure a
disastrous Six Nations so far in losing to Italy and Wales.

Lancaster explained: ‘We thought long and hard about changing a winning team which did so well against Ireland.

‘But we believe that Dylan, Courtney
and Manu are ready for the opportunity and allow us to vary our play,
while the bench will add impact and energy as the game unfolds in the
second half.

‘The players are really looking
forward to getting back to Twickenham. The atmosphere in the stadium is
fantastic and hopefully the crowd can get behind us in what is sure to
be a great challenge against a motivated and physical French team.’

Meanwhile, France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made eight changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's match.

Making way: Billy Twelvetrees will be on the bench at Twickenham despite his superb show against Scotland

Making way: Billy Twelvetrees will be on the bench at Twickenham despite his superb show against Scotland

FRANCE TEAM TO FACE ENGLAND:

15 Yoann Huget, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Benjamin Fall, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra;
1 Thomas Domingo, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 3 Nicolas Mas, 4 Christophe Samson, 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir (captain).

Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski,
17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon,
19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Antonie Claassen,
21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Florian Fritz.

Saint-Andre has opted for a new half-back pairing, with Morgan Parra and Francois Trinh-Duc replacing Maxime Machenaud and Frederic Michalak following Les Bleus' 16-6 defeat against Wales at the Stade de France 12 days ago.

Vincent Clerc returns on the right wing, with Wesley Fofana switching to his preferred role of centre for the Twickenham encounter.

Saint-Andre's team head to England after losing their opening two Five or Six Nations games for the first time since 1982.

Wales' success in Paris followed a 23-18 loss in Italy six days previously, meaning the wooden spoon has now become a distinct possibility for the pre-tournament favourites.

'After two defeats in the tournament, we wanted competition and freshness in the squad,' Saint-Andre said. 'We have to have the freshness and enthusiasm.

'We will prepare a lot of fight in Twickenham.'

Joey Barton says he"s not scared of David Beckham ahead of expected clash in PSG v Marseille in Le Classique

I'm not scared of Beckham… he's not the same player any more, says Barton ahead of expected clash in Le Classique

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

17:23 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 19 February 2013

Joey Barton insists he will not be running scared of David Beckham when title hopefuls Marseille play Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

One-cap England midfielder Barton will come up against a player who made 115 appearances for his country, should Beckham make his debut for the Parisians in the league fixture at the Parc des Princes.

Former England captain Beckham has joined PSG on a short-term arrangement until the end of the season and the big-spending capital club hope he can help steer them to the league title.

David Beckham

Preparing for debut: David Beckham in training with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Preparing for his debut: David Beckham was pictured in training with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Preparing for debut: David Beckham in training with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

But Barton is relishing the chance to face the 37-year-old, confident his threat can be contained.

Barton said at a press conference today, according to Marseille's website: 'Paris have a lot of big names and big players. Beckham is a big star off the pitch but on the pitch it's not a big worry.

'He causes a lot less fear compared to when he played in the Premier League. It would be naive to concentrate on David Beckham.'

Brooklyn joins dad David in training

Brooklyn

Click here to read the full story as Beckham Jnr trains alongside his dad in Paris, just a month after undergoing a trial at Premier League giants Chelsea.

Barton, 30, has settled into the French game after a turbulent career in England, and third-placed Marseille stand five points behind this weekend's opponents in the league table.

The significance of the fixture is not lost on Barton but less so because of its traditional status as the most fiercely contested match in France and more because of its implications in points terms.

Barton said: 'I've experienced Manchester City-Manchester United, Sunderland-Newcastle and QPR-Chelsea. The electric atmosphere doesn't worry me, it's even the norm for me. I am experienced, I know the score. There's nothing new for me in a derby.

'The season has already given a lot of surprises and twists. And we're not the types to give up. Nor are (second-placed) Lyon.

French exile: Joey Barton is on loan at Marseille from Queens Park Rangers

French exile: Joey Barton is on loan at Marseille from Queens Park Rangers

'We remain motivated and concentrated even if we haven't been very strong in recent matches.

'This week could change our season.'

PSG and Marseille meet again in the Coupe de France quarter-finals on Wednesday week,
February 27.

'If we win on Sunday and go through on Wednesday, everything changes,' Barton said. 'The pressure will be on Paris. Even without superstars like at PSG, we are solid and when we play like a team, we play well.'