Barton: 'Beckham is a star… off the pitch'

Ligue 1 > News
19/02/2013

David Beckham could make his PSG debut in Sunday night's Clasico, but OM's Joey Barton isn't so sure how much of a difference the former Manchester United star will make if he does take the field at the Parc des Princes.

As the hype builds to Sunday's game that stops the country, foremost on people's lips is the question of whether David Beckham, left out of the squad for the shock league loss to Sochaux, will make his PSG debut against arch-rivals OM.

However, Beckham's compatriot Joey Barton says he isn't worried in the least by the prospect of facing the former England captain.

'He inspires a lot less fear'

"Paris have a lot of big names and great players," Barton began. "And Beckham is a star off the pitch, but on the pitch, to be honest, he's no great cause for concern. He inspires a lot less fear than he did when he was playing in the Premier League. It would be naïve if us to focus on David Beckham."

Indeed it would, as PSG have proven time and again the strength of their team and their bench this season, and OM will need to be on their toes if they are to inflict a second-straight loss on the title favourites - something that his yet to happen in the current campaign - and blow the title race wide open.

Game changer

"Yes, of course," said Barton when asked whether OM can still aim for top spot. "The season has already had a lot of surprises. We’re not the kind of guys to just give up, and neither are Lyon. If we get a maximum haul in Paris and then do the same thing in the Coupe de France [where they also take on PSG], it will make a huge difference. We'll get to within two points of them and then they'll have to go on and play Valencia [in the Champions League].

"This week can change our whole season. Everything will be turned on its head if we can win these two matches."

 

>> Ancelotti: 'Beckham ready for Marseille'

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