• French Ligue 1
  • 17 Nov 2012
  • KO 16:00
  • Ground: Parc des Princes
Home team Score Away team

Paris St Germain

1-2

Rennes

Nene 21
Romain Alessandrini 13
Julien Feret 34

Antonetti plays down comments

Friday 16th November 2012 17:07

Frederic Antonetti: Clarified controversial 'Italian club' comments

Frederic Antonetti: Clarified controversial 'Italian club' comments

Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti has sought to play down controversial comments he made about PSG ahead of Saturday's clash between the sides.

On Thursday Antonetti described PSG as "an Italian club playing in France" and also questioned their sporting director Leonardo's criticism of referee Clement Turpin after last week's draw with Montpellier.

On Friday, though, he clarified on his club's website: "When I said PSG is an 'Italian' club, I meant that their players and staff, who have largely been developed in Calcio (Italian football), have brought to Paris a culture of winning."

PSG's extensive recruitment since their Qatari takeover has seen Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti joined by Azzurri internationals Salvatore Sirigu, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta.

In addition, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived from Leonardo's former club AC Milan, while Javier Pastore joined from Palermo and even France international Jeremy Menez was recruited from Roma.

On the other hand, Menez was joined by club-mates Christophe Jallet, Mamadou Sakho and Blaise Matuidi in the France squad for the midweek friendly against Italy.

Antonetti continued: "So that nobody misunderstands, I have a lot of respect for Italian football and for Carlo Ancelotti in particular. It's an honour to have a coach in our league who has had a career like his.

"The good things I said about PSG yesterday were not reported. I never attacked Leonardo, he defended his club and he was right to do so."

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