Ancelotti: Beckham criticism unjust

Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at suggestions that he was forced by the club's owners to start David Beckham against Barcelona.

Last Updated: 05/04/13 at 17:32 Post Comment

David Beckham in action against Barcelona.

David Beckham in action against Barcelona.

Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at suggestions that he was forced by the club's owners to start David Beckham in their Champions League draw with Barcelona.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder joined the Ligue 1 leaders on a deal until the end of the season, with many suggesting his signing was to improve the image of PSG rather than the playing squad.

Beckham had made just one start and five appearances in total before Wednesday's clash, with Ancelotti electing to start the 37-year-old ahead of Italian Marco Verratti in the centre of the park.

PSG needed a Blaise Matuidi goal with the last kick of the game to earn a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes and Ancelotti was unhappy with some of the criticism directed towards Beckham from the French press.

"Criticism of him is abnormal and unjust, he had a very good game, he followed exactly the strategy I asked, giving the ball quickly," the boss said.

"If Paris was good in the first 30 minutes against Barca it's because Beckham was good, because he sought to play fast.

"It is wrong to say that (the club's owners from) Qatar said 'Beckham to play'.

"Everyone must understand that club presidents are very intelligent and cannot force a coach to a player. Because in this case, the coach can say to the President: 'Okay, you're doing the coaching and I go home'."

"Never in my career has a president forced me to bring a player, whether Berlusconi (AC Milan president) Abramovich (Chelsea chairman) or Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG).

"It annoys me that anyone would think that. I am not a supporter or friend of Beckham, I try to be objective.

"Beckham deserved to play even if he is 37-years-old.

"I have one goal: to make PSG win the championship of France, Coupe de France, or even the dream, the Champions League."


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