Paris Saint-Germain refocus on Ligue 1 title race and tricky trip to Rennes
Paris Saint-Germain could be forgiven for having their minds elsewhere as they travel to Rennes in Ligue 1 this weekend.
The match falls between the two legs of the club's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona, with Tuesday's 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes keeping PSG's hopes alive ahead of the return match next midweek.
However, Carlo Ancelotti's side will be aiming to take another step towards winning the domestic title as they head into the weekend with a healthy seven-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.
PSG have struggled in this fixture in recent years, failing to win at Rennes since a 2-1 victory in January 2002, when Ronaldinho was among the scorers.
Ancelotti will be tempted to rest key players to keep them fresh for Wednesday's match in Barcelona, but there is enough depth in his squad for PSG to end their poor record in Rennes, especially with the home side struggling. The Bretons have taken their eye off the ball since earning a place in the League Cup final, in which they will face Saint-Etienne this month. Frederic Antonetti's side have won just once in nine matches, slipping from fourth in the table to 10th in the process.
"Whoever our opponents are, we have our own problems to solve," he said. "We are happy to play Paris, but I would have preferred to be playing them with seven or eight points more."
Despite Rennes' troubles, the match will attract a sell-out crowd of around 30,000 to the Stade de la Route de Lorient, with fans queuing for up to five hours to buy a ticket.
They will be hoping for a repeat of the result when the clubs met in November, with Rennes winning 2-1 at the Parc des Princes despite playing almost half the game down to nine men.