Champions League

PSG wary of experienced Anderlecht

2017-10-31 14:33
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Cape Town - Unai Emery says Paris Saint-Germain will need to show Anderlecht a great deal of respect if they are to claim all three points on Tuesday.

The Group B leaders have claimed maximum points from their three Champions League games thus far while Anderlecht are yet to pick up a point.

But Emery, whose side host the current Belgian First Division champions at the Parc des Princes, has warned against complacency against a side that has a formidable history in European competitions.

Knowing a win would seal PSG's place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare, Emery is not expecting a repeat of the 4-0 away victory over Anderlecht two weeks ago.

Speaking ahead of the tie, Emery was reported on the Ligue 1 website to have said: "Anderlecht have a great history and are accustomed to playing at the top level in Europe.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck's charges have previously won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup twice, the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, also on two occasion.

Emery added: "It is important to remember that history and we will need to show them a lot of respect. 

"Our aim will be to put in a complete performance and overcome all difficulties in order to win the game."

PSG must do without Thiago Motta for the tie, while Kylian Mbappe is expected to be rested, with Angel Di Maria keeping his place, and Neymar is back in the fold after a local ban.

Anderlecht will be missing defenders Emmanuel Sowah and Andy Najar, with Vanhaezebrouck saying: "We're playing one of the best teams in Europe at the moment, and we're focused on that. 

"We're not here to get massacred, and we're not here just to do our jobs - if that were the case, I'd prefer to stay at home."


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