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Ancelotti flags Beckham first start

Created on 25 Feb., 2013 8:54 AM GMT

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said David Beckham may start in their Coupe de France clash against Marseille, after his Ligue 1 debut on Sunday.

Les Parisiens emerged as 2-0 winners and extended their lead to three points over Lyon at the top, while effectively ending Marseille's title charge.

And the former Chelsea manager said the 37-year-old could now be set for his first start, adding he had introduced Beckham with 15 minutes left to provide a fresh impetus of energy into his side.

"Beckham? He played because (Marco) Verratti was a bit tired after a lot of work. Maybe he will play on Wednesday in the Coupe de France," he told Canal +.

The Italian also praised his side for their win but admitted they had improvements to make, adding: "This is a good result in a difficult match.

"We won three very important points. Marseille are now eight points behind us.

"We had a lot of difficulties. We defended a little deep. We have not mastered our possession game just yet."

On his PSG bow, Beckham said it was special to celebrate his welcome to the club with a league victory.

"It was a special night for the team and for me," Beckham told reporters after the match.

"I received a great welcome. To wear the jersey of PSG and get on to the pitch, it was all very special.

"To win against Marseille and increase our lead on them to eight points, this was a very important victory for us."

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