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PSG face Monaco test before Champions League showdown with Leipzig

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has led his team to the top of Ligue 1 after a consecutive losses at the start of the 2020-2021 season.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has led his team to the top of Ligue 1 after a consecutive losses at the start of the 2020-2021 season. AFP/Archives
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Ligue 1 pacesetters Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to go eight points clear of Lille on Friday night when they take on Monaco at the Stade Louis II.

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Thomas Tuchel’s men endured a nightmare start to their top flight campaign with successive defeats at Lens and at home to Marseille.

But since that setback at the Parc des Princes to their bitter rivals, PSG have surged. They have scored 26 goals and conceded only once in eight games. That blip was in a 6-1 thrashing of Angers on 2 October in Paris.

Tuchel and his players will have one eye on Tuesday night’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig. PSG lie third in Group H following defeats to Manchester United and Leipzig. 

Another loss would seriously jeopardise their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 2012.

Niko Kovac’s Monaco go into Friday night’s clash on the back of consecutive victories.

Another win would take them into the top three but their cause has suffered a double blow with the absence of French internationals Wissam Ben Yedder and Ruben Aguilar because of coronavirus and suspension respectively.

“Niko did an amazing job at Eintracht Frankfurt and was very successful at Bayern Munich,” said Tuchel of his Monaco counterpart on PSG TV. “In general I have liked Monaco for many years.

"They are known as a club who produce a lot of talents and in combination with Niko's experience and skills as a coach, and his mentality as a hard-working guy who plays a very disciplined style of football but also very attractive.”

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