- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

PARIS (AP) - Even after getting two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic last week, Paris Saint-Germain is still looking for its first win of the season in the French league.

The defending champions will get another chance on Saturday when they host Bastia, while Monaco will also be looking for its first win against Bordeaux on Sunday.

PSG drew 2-2 with Reims on the opening weekend, with both of its goals coming from the Sweden striker. Monaco, which finished second last year but lost James Rodriguez to Real Madrid this season, fell to Lorient 2-1.

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PSG defender Thiago Silva is sidelined for several weeks after picking up a right hamstring injury in a friendly on Monday.

“People talk a lot about that injury,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “Whose fault is it? I’ll take the blame.”

Silva didn’t have much time to recover from the World Cup. Blanc said the club sent a physical trainer to Brazil so that Silva could build up fitness from July 24.

Despite playing the match for third place on July 12, Silva was quickly back on the field, starting the French league match against Reims before facing Napoli on Monday.

By contrast, Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil and Argentina forward Lionel Messi haven’t played a match since the World Cup final.



Laurent Blanc and Claude Makelele were teammates at Marseille in the 1997-98 season, and Makelele was still an assistant coach at PSG a few months ago. But in May, he accepted a job as coach at Bastia.

“There was a bit of a surprise,” Blanc said about Makelele’s departure. “We didn’t expect that. We were about to work together again for another year or two … We would have liked him to continue with us because we got along very well.”

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