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Ancelotti coy on PSG title hopes

November 25, 2012
By ESPN staff

Carlo Ancelotti has warned his side against complacency, despite Paris Saint-Germain breaking their three-match winless streak in Ligue 1 with a convincing 4-0 defeat of Troyes on Saturday.

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Goals from Maxwell, Blaise Matuidi and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace helped PSG claim their first league win since October.

PSG showed no signs of fatigue just three days after their Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev and Ancelotti praised his charges for their 'intelligent' play.

"We played intelligently," he said. "You do not want to use too much energy. We travelled to Ukraine on Wednesday so it was hard to recover.

"Our attacking strategy was very well executed. In the second half we found space and took advantage of it. [Replacing] Pastore was a tactical choice. I thought Nene could make more use of the spaces.

"Ibra is a very important player. He is one of the best strikers in the world. Regarding Matuidi, he managed to hit a high level of performance, which is what we've come to expect from him."

PSG returned to the top of Ligue 1, although third-placed Lyon sit just one point behind with two games in hand.

After a scintillating start to the season, Ancelotti's side hit somewhat of a form slump and he insists there is still plenty of work to do for them to challenge for the title.

"I think we should wait [to see if we are really in form]," he said. "You must understand that when you try to build a strong team, sometimes you can lose.

"We are not yet strong enough to be a team that plays with continuity. But this week, the team reacted very well. They scored six goals [in two matches], without conceding, and we qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. Over six days, that's a lot."