Saint-Etienne vs PSG Preview: “Keep On Winning”– Laurent Blanc

Saint-Etienne vs PSG Preview: “Keep On Winning”– Laurent Blanc


The games are coming thick and fast all the time for Paris Saint-Germain. Every three to four days, Les Parisiens find themselves in action but that is what comes with success. The team’s involvement in the two domestic cup competitions and the pending clash with Chelsea in the Champions League means we have a more than hectic schedule.

We have two testing games on the road in the next three league fixtures. The classique next Sunday at the Velodrome against Marseille and tomorrow’s trip to the Stade Geoffroy Guichard where we will face Saint Etienne.

History is definitely on our side. We have eight straight victories over them in all competitions, including a penalty shootout win that started that trend in the League Cup back in 2013.

More often than not these clashes are a tight affair, unless we are at the Parc des Princes with our last four encounters consisting of a 5-0 win and two back-to-back 4-1 thrashings of Les Verts.

Christophe Galtier’s men as per find themselves in the top-six at present and in a decent run of form after a harrowing November/December where they managed just two wins in 10

Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, on loan from ourselves, will be involved at some point tomorrow. His time there has been ok, but nothing more. More often than not he is on the bench but did come off to score an equaliser last weekend away to Stade de Reims.

His parent club are riding high with a 21-point lead at the top, still in both domestic cup competitions and European nights looming in February. Coach Laurent Blanc’s message is simple, just keep on winning. As quoted by the club’s official site in his pre-match presser he said;   “No matter what competition we’re playing in, we try and focus on ourselves and not our opponents. Our aim is always to win, while always respecting our opponent. We want to play our football, at home or away. Our opponents know us better and better, but the opposite is also true. Some opponents work on special systems, usually defensive, to try and stop us.”

Good news is that Marquinhos and Marco Verratti are back in the squad. Thiago Silva misses out though, as does Javier Pastore.

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