PREVIEW: RENNES - PARIS ST. GERMAIN
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Carlos Bocanegra will hope to work his way back into the fold for Rennes who welcome Paris St. Germain to town on Saturday at Route de Lorient in Rennes.
Bocanegra never got off head coach Frédéric Antonetti's bench in Wednesday's defeat at AS Monaco, leaving many fans wondering if maybe the US national team captain has lost his spot for his club team.
The California native can take solace in the fact that he has still appeared in 14 of Rennes' 17 league matches thus far, a pace that just falls short of last year's total when he saw time in all 38 Ligue 1 encounters.
In addition, he has been forced to sit out two matches this season due to suspension including last weekend's contest against Nancy.
What is certain is that Antonetti will require another stellar effort out of his defense as they will have to contend with the aging but still dangerous Claude Makelele.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea star scored his first goal of the season against Lens on Wednesday and will look to add to that total in hopes of helping the Parisians climb into the top five of the league standings. Currently PSG sit eighth with 26 points.
Turkish forward Mevlut Erding and former FC Barcelona hero Ludovic Giuly also help form the PSG attack with nine goals shared between the two playmakers.
Les Rouges Et Noirs are also at 26 points and saw their modest four match unbeaten streak end with the midweek loss in Monaco. Antonetti's main weapon is Asamoah Gyan who has eight goals on the season and will be tasked with spearheading the hosts' offense.
Rennes will be without their primary goalkeeper Cheikh Ndiaye, who is out injured, in addition to Olivier Thomert, Junichi Inamoto, Mickael Pagis and Lucien Aubey whom are all out with long-term injuries.
PSG will be missing forward Guillaume Hoarau and goalkeeper Gregory Coupet.