Worrying words from PSG boss Unai Emery as Celtic prepare to visit

Date published: Tuesday 21st November 2017 3:09

Paris St Germain boss Unai Emery is looking to seal top spot in Group B in their Champions League clash with Celtic on Wednesday night.

The free-spending French club have won their first four fixtures, including a 5-0 win at Parkhead on match day one, and have already qualified for the knockout stages along with Bayern Munich, who are three points behind.

PSG will clinch first place in the pool if they win and the German club do not pick up three points at bottom side Anderlecht – or if they draw and Bayern lose.

The former Sevilla manager is keen to have a seeded spot in the last-16 draw secured at the Parc des Princes before they travel to Munich next month

Emery, who confirmed midfielder Thiago Motta was out with a knee injury, said: “We want this first position.

“We want the best performance possible. In order to be first in the group we have to win tomorrow.

“We have to play our game against Celtic, play well, be aggressive and win the three points

“The first games were really good for us and our team has shown that we are really committed to win in this competition, we want to go far.

“Celtic are a good team, they have very good players who all play in their respective national teams, they want to win and they are good in the Scottish league.

“I am sure that tomorrow is going to be difficult, but we will speak with the players about the importance of the three points.

“We have to play at a high level for 90 minutes.”

PSG have scored 17 goals and conceded none and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is aware that no team has ever gone through a Champions League group stage without conceding.

The 24-year-old Frenchman said: “Not losing a goal would be exceptional, but we want to be first in the group.

“If we can be first without losing a goal it would be wonderful, but we want to win the group.”

Areola revealed his admiration for Celtic’s French striker Moussa Dembele, who also came through the PSG youth academy, although he is three years younger.

He said: “We are following him very closely because I knew him from a very young age.

“He is playing really well with Celtic, he is a quality player.

“If he is in the starting eleven it is because he is a good player and we are very happy when a young Parisian can play at this level.”

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