PSG v Barcelona

Mourinho offers Ancelotti help with Barca

March 29, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

L'Equipe are reporting Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has provided his Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Carlo Ancelotti with the inside track on how to beat Barcelona after masterminding a brace of recent victories over the French club's Champions League quarter-final opponents.

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GettyImagesMourinho and Ancelotti both won the Premier League title while at Chelsea

Mourinho, 50, scored back-to-back wins over the Catalan club in the Copa del Rey semi-finals and La Liga around the turn of the month, and has reportedly given Ancelotti, a close personal friend, an edited package of the two victories and told the Italian of the weaknesses he has detected in the Barça game.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, however, Ancelotti cast doubt on how much success PSG would have in trying to copy Madrid when they play host to Tito Vilanova's men in the first leg of their last-eight tie on Tuesday.

"We're not Real Madrid, we have different characteristics," he said. "I still haven't thought of the strategy I'm going to use against Barcelona, because I've been focused on [Friday's] match with Montpellier for the last 15 days."