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Ancelotti denies rift at PSG

October 3, 2012
By ESPN staff

Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti has refuted claims of disharmony at the club, following controversial comments from defender Thiago Silva.

Carlo Ancelotti
GettyImagesAncelott's team lost 1-0 to Porto last time out

Silva recently said that he prefers playing with Alex rather than former captain Mamadou Sakho, prompting suggestions of a strained relationship in PSG's defensive line.

But Ancelotti has moved quickly to play down Silva's comments.

"All combinations [between Thiago Silva, Alex and Sakho] are good. We have three central defenders in very good condition," Ancelotti said.

"Thiago is a player and an intelligent man and I do not think he has said these things."

Silva's comments were revealed in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien.

"Sakho and Alex are two players with a lot of quality. The big difference between the two of them is that Alex is more experienced," Silva said.

"I have to admit that even though I feel fine with either of the two next to me, I am more relaxed when I play alongside the more experienced guy, which is Alex."

Silva has since apologised for his statement and is preparing for PSG's Champions League clash with Porto.

The French side travel to Portugal expecting a stern challenge and Ancelotti has urged his team to be ready.

"In our group, Porto are the team with the most experience of the Champions League," he said.

"For us, playing here is a really good test to see what level we are at in terms of confidence, and in terms of our play. It will be difficult.

"Porto are an attacking team and to win here we will need to be on form. But we are in good form too and it is a good time for us to come here. To beat the best team in the group would signify a big step forward for us."