PSG looking to get back on track against Troyes


PARIS (AP) -- After securing its place in the next round of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain will try to rebound from two losses and a draw in the French league when it takes on struggling Troyes on Saturday.

PSG slipped to third in the standings after losing to nine-man Rennes last weekend, but it will welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic from a two-match ban.

"You shouldn't separate Zlatan from other players," PSG sporting director Leonardo said. "Zlatan is playing at the top level, that's to say for the Ballon d'Or. He's like (Lionel) Messi at Barca or (Cristiano) Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Without these players, it's normal not to be as good."

Troyes has won one game all season and earned only one point away from home. The team drew 3-3 at home against last-place Nancy last weekend, with Benjamin Nivet scoring twice.

"We have to go there to play our own game, without fear, and to make our mark there," Nivet said. "We shouldn't make a big deal out of Ibrahimovic, despite all the talent he has. We can't just focus on Ibrahimovic, seeing as all the other players have so many skills."

Marseille is level on points with PSG and will be boosted against Lille by Joey Barton making his long-awaited league debut.

Barton joined Marseille from Queens Park Rangers but had to serve a 12-match suspension for foul play after elbowing Carlos Tevez, kicking Sergio Aguero and trying to head-butt Vincent Kompany in the final game of last season against Manchester City.

League leader Lyon will have to improve on its away form if it is to maintain its place at the top of the table.

The team has won only one match away from the Stade de Gerland and travels to Toulouse where it hasn't won -- or even scored -- since 2005.

Toulouse, however, is on a run of three straight losses in the league.

Lyon is a point ahead of Bordeaux, which travels to defending champion Montpellier on Sunday.

Also Saturday, it's: Bastia vs. Lorient; Nancy vs. Ajaccio; Reims vs. Brest; Rennes vs. Evian; and Sochaux vs. Nice. On Friday, Saint-Etienne hosts Valenciennes.