PSG v MONACO D-4: Abidal eyes Parc glory
Eric Abidal has warned Paris Saint-Germain that he and his AS Monaco FC team-mates will arrive at the Parc des Princes on Sunday with the firm intention of heading back south with three points.
The principality club currently head AS Saint-Etienne and the Ligue 1 champions at the top of the table, and have three wins and just one loss on their last eight visits to the capital.
Last season's Ligue 2 champions have radically revamped their squad to pose a serious threat to PSG's crown this season, and Abidal believes they can show they mean business when the unbeaten league leaders meet Laurent Blanc's third-placed side this weekend.
"We're going there with no pressure, as leaders, with the aim of winning while also knowing that there won't be a crisis if we get a bad result," the French international defender explained. "We'll have less pressure than them. They're playing at home and we're capable of pulling something off."
Abidal, who recently featured in both of France's World Cup qualifiers in Georgia and Belarus, acknowledged international duty had left him fatigued even at this early stage of the campaign.
He also conceded Blanc's squad had more strength-in-depth than that of his own club, but added that the younger elements of Claudio Ranieri's group, such as Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Lucas Ocampos, gave Monaco an element PSG lack.
"Paris are a strong club with huge means and quality players. It's a bit the same thing with us, with totally different elements. We have less experience, but more verve and youth. For the moment, it's working. We'll now do all we can for it to last the whole season."