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'Use Bayern game as benchmark' says PSG's Dagba

Publish on 17/04/2021 at 11:00 - I. HOLYMAN

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Paris Saint-Germain need to use their UEFA Champions League success against Bayern Munich as a benchmark for their Ligue 1 Uber Eats title challenge starting with Saint-Etienne on Sunday, says full-back Colin Dagba.

PSG reached the last four of European club football's premier competition thanks to an away goals success against the reigning continental champions on Tuesday to set up a last-four meeting with Manchester City.

 

Now, Mauricio Pochettino's men must turn their attentions to their domestic title defence with Lille's 1-1 draw at home to Montpellier on Friday giving the champions the opportunity to close to within a point of the leaders with five games left if they beat Saint-Etienne at home.

 

"I think we have to use the Bayern match as a basis on which we produce that sort of performance in Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France. We have to keep that level of focus, that level of determination, give everything to try and win as much as possible and get the title. I think that matches like that should be our benchmark," Dagba told PSG's official website. 

 

"We're aware that we can't afford any slip-ups between now and the end of the season. Our destiny is in our hands and we're going to go out to get as many wins as possible."

 

 

Marquinhos and Abdou Diallo are joined on the sidelines for the game by Mauro Icardi, who has returned to training after injury but is still short of match fitness, and Juan Bernat as PSG look to extend their unbeaten run against Saint-Etienne to 16 matches.

 

That may not be quite as easy as many would think. PSG have lost their last three home league games — their worst such run since 2007, and they have never lost four in a row at the Parc des Princes — while Claude Puel's side have won three of their last four top-flight matches to ease nine points clear of the bottom three.

 

The visitors' cause will be helped by the absence of Neymar, who serves the second game of his two-match ban following his red card in PSG's defeat to Lille.

 

"His absence isn't anecdotal, but there are other talents in the squad, players with quality and experience who work hard for each other," said Puel. "Their team is vastly superior to ours, but we'll have in the back of our minds the idea of taking the three points to get closer to securing our top-flight status."

 

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The former Southampton and Leicester City manager will have to do that without first and second-choice goalkeepers Jessy Moulin and Stefan Bajic — leaving youngster Etienne Green between the posts once again — while Ryad Boudebouz (ankle) and Anthony Modeste (stomach muscle) are also out. Midfielder Yvan Neyou is a doubt after suffering a twisted ankle in last weekend's impressive 4-1 win over Bordeaux.

 

"There are still 18 points at stake," said Puel, who's not getting carried away by his team's recent form. "Nothing can be taken for granted. We mustn't feel that we've done it. I don't forget that Bordeaux had a chance to equalise to make it 2-2."

 

He added: "It's been a usual week working with seriousness and in a good mood. There were smiles, but they were also there in the more difficult times. We have looked at certain things on the video. I don't feel any particular excitement in the squad.

 

"We feel good, ready to put on a good performance and play kingmaker in the title race in the sense that we also play Lille in a month's time."

 

Probable teams


PSG: Navas - Bakker, Kimpembe, Danilo, Florenzi - Verratti, Paredes, Gueye - Di Maria, Kean, Mbappé

 

Saint-Etienne: Green - Debuchy, Moukoudi, Cissé, Silva - Moueffek, Aouchiche, Camara - Hamouma, Bouanga, Khazri.

 

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