PSG eye record in Marseille
Paris Saint-Germain will equal a long-standing European record if they make it 11 wins from 11 with victory at arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille in Sunday's Classique.
Olympique de Marseille - Paris Saint-Germain
The great Tottenham Hotspur side of the early 1960s registered 11 consecutive wins from the start of the 1960/61 English season, a best in Europe's top five leagues.
With their 5-0 defeat of Amiens SC at the Parc des Princes last weekend, Thomas Tuchel's side brought up a maximum 30 points from ten league matches, opening up an eight-point gap over second-placed LOSC Lille.
But they were far less dominant in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League meeting with Napoli as only a late Angel Di Maria goal saved them from defeat at the Parc des Princes.
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"As soon as we learned who our opponents would be, we knew it wouldn't be easy. Once again, we were tested," said Marquinhos, whose side are third in Group C, a point behind the Italians and two adrift of leaders Liverpool. "We have three finals to play, we have to win away as well as at home. We have to win at Marseille too. It's an important game and can give us confidence ahead of a trip to Naples, which will be key and very difficult."
"The problem is that we only played one half," added defender Thomas Meunier. "In the first half, we weren't disciplined, we didn't really respect what the coach had asked us to do. But in the second, by going to three at the back, we played very well. You saw two faces of PSG."
Garcia: 'Do everything to claim the points'
The only face PSG have shown at the Stade Orange Vélodrome in recent seasons has been a smiling one. The club from the capital is unbeaten on their last six visits, and had won four-in-a-row before drawing 2-2 last season.
Thiago Silva missed the midweek game with a hamstring problem, but could return against a Marseille team that has won its last two league games without conceding a goal, including last weekend's 1-0 victory against south-coast rivals OGC Nice.
"It's the scoreline I like the most. I prefer that to winning by more," insisted Marseille boss Rudi Garcia, who saw his side keep a clean sheet to make Morgan Sanson's first-half strike a matchwinning one. "We hadn't managed to win without conceding away from home this season. It's a victory for the squad despite restrictions on team selection. We worked hard to beat this good team. We responded well to the questions Nice asked of us."
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"What's good is that we're gaining in confidence," added defender Adil Rami, whose side come into the weekend in fourth place, level on points with Montpellier Hérault SC just ahead of them and only three adrift of Lille.
"The coach had told us before the game that it's never easy after an international break, especially as we were missing some players. We showed character and didn't concede a goal…We're starting to understand, OM is different. You have to put in a shift and fight for one another. When we don't have that unity, you can see it immediately and we go into a crisis. To win, we have to suffer and that's the most important thing."
Paris will ask even more questions of OM, but Marseille led twice at home last term before having to settle for a point, and Garcia acknowledged he and his team will be doubly determined to deny their arch-rivals another piece of Ligue 1 Conforama history.
"We're going to do everything to claim the points," said the former Lille and Roma boss, who could have top scorer Florian Thauvin back after he missed the Nice game with a heel injury. "We're going to try and make sure that they don't make it 11-out-of-11."
Marseille: Mandanda - Sarr, Rami, Kamara, Sakai - Sanson, Strootman, Luiz Gustavo - Thauvin, Germain, Payet (cap.).
PSG: Areola - Keherer, Marquinhos (cap.), N'Soki - Meunier, Verratti, Rabiot, Bernat - Di Maria, Mbappé, Neymar.