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PSG's 'new momentum'

2015-01-08 09:57
Laurent Blanc (File)

Paris - After a turbulent week overshadowed by the late return from Christmas holidays of Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, PSG got back on track by beating Montpellier in the Cup and now go to Bastia on Saturday.

Neither Cavani nor Lavezzi, who missed a training camp in Morocco while in South America, played against Montpellier and both will again be left out against Bastia.

However, coach Laurent Blanc will be looking for a repeat of the Cup display, in which the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Clement Chantome came in and impressed.

"Since our training camp in Marrakech I have noticed a new momentum. I was satisfied with the way we played against Montpellier but we will need to repeat that performance against Bastia, where it will be just as difficult to play football," said Blanc.

Propelled by 17-goal top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon are targeting a ninth straight home win when they face Toulouse on Sunday, while fourth-placed Saint-Etienne will attempt to extend a 10-game unbeaten run in the league as they face Reims away.

Fifth plays sixth at the Stade Louis II on Sunday night when Monaco entertain Bordeaux in a match which will see visiting coach Willy Sagnol return to the ground where he played between 1997 and 2000.

Monaco will be looking for revenge for a 4-1 defeat at Bordeaux back in August and, fresh from winning their last seven games, should be an entirely different proposition this time.

Meanwhile, a minute's silence will be held at all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches this weekend in honour of the 12 people who died when armed gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly on Wednesday.

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