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Ancelotti insists PSG won't sit on Valencia lead

PARIS Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti wants his players to forget about sitting on their first-leg lead and to dictate Valencia in the return leg of their last-16 match tonight.

The Spanish team trail 2-1 and have been given little chance of prevailing at the Parc des Princes. But PSG have not reached the quarter-finals since 1995 and Ancelotti does not want any sniff of complacency creeping in.

"We have the advantage but we have to be very careful," Ancelotti said. "We will try and play our own way, with our quality and our character. We have to forget the result from the first leg."

PSG will be without top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Marco Verratti, who are both suspended. Ancelotti could hand David Beckham a start in central midfield alongside Blaise Matuidi.

"Either Thiago Motta will play or I have to change things and there is the possibility to use Beckham or (Clement) Chantome," Ancelotti said.

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 goals, has been masking PSG's weaknesses. When he's out of form, like in Saturday's 1-0 loss at Reims, the team seems short on options.

PSG's win in Valencia three weeks ago contrasted sharply with Saturday's poor display, which was PSG's second straight away loss to a team fighting relegation – a worrying statistic for a club aspiring to join Europe's elite.

"When PSG play as a team we are dangerous," Ancelotti said, urging greater teamwork from his collection of stars.

Ancelotti has Brazil centre-half Thiago Silva available again after nearly two months out with a hamstring injury, but winger Jeremy Menez has failed to shake off a sore hip and will miss the match.

"It's obviously difficult to come back and play at this level," Silva said.

"I had a lot of treatment and it wasn't easy to spend so long without playing, but I was fully focused on coming back to play against opponents of this calibre."

3PSG v VALENCIA, SKY SPORTS 4, KO 7.45


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