PSG boss pleased with mentality

Published Dec. 14, 2010 1:16 p.m. ET

PSG travel to Ukrainian minnows FC Karpaty Lviv knowing they have already qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League. The French club are also flying high in their domestic championship, occupying second place, and Kombouare believes they are thriving because of their cavalier approach. "Since the beginning of the season we've shown a lot of character and also big mental qualities in games to score," Kombouare said. "Recently, when Stade Brestois scored, we came back yet again. There was a period of uncertainty but we managed to forge ahead. "When you have this confidence, this is a strength. Last year it was our concern. "When we attack, we feel we are able to bend our opponents. "It contains an element of risk because there are five or six players involved in the offence and the team can be cut in half, but the players enjoying themselves is most important." Midfielder Ludovic Giuly believes PSG are playing with conviction and are in a far better place than last season. "Compared to last year the squad has more character and is more confident," Giuly said. "It has shown in our results, whether it be the win over Sevilla or the win over Brest. "We did not panic and the confidence speaks for itself, we have driven away our doubts." PSG are in wonderful form having lost only once in the last 20 games in all competitions, scoring an impressive 13 goals in their last five matches. Such statistics do not bode well for Karpaty, who have lost all five of their Group J games. They have conceded 14 goals and only have pride to play for. PSG will finish group winners if they avoid defeat, but could lose and stay first if Sevilla's home clash with Borussia Dortmund ends in a draw or an away win.