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"We had a good match: we came here to play our game and win, so we can be satisfied," said coach Laurent Blanc after a 1-0 win at AS Saint-Étienne left Paris trailing second-placed Olympique de Marseille on goals scored alone in Ligue 1. "But we'll have to wait until the end of the season to see whether we had a decent campaign, a great campaign or an average campaign."

"We are building up confidence, and when that happens, everyone feels relaxed," added midfielder Blaise Matuidi. "Everyone in the team is going the extra mile, and this means more victories in the end."

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Monaco have not lost a game since November, and are still in contention in four competitions, while versatile Italian defender Andrea Raggi celebrated his 100th game for the Principality side at the weekend. "I have found a great club here, where I can still improve," said the former Italy Under-21 international, signed from Bologna FC in 2011. "We're back on track but we shouldn't lose sight of our main target, which is the top three in the league."

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Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has expressed his satisfaction with the club's transfer dealings last summer. "We were very lucky with our summer transfers, every one of them has worked out," he said. "Medhi Benatia, Juan Bernat, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode all bolstered the ranks of the German champions during the last window. Rummenigge added: "Bernat was a surprise to all of us, he has become a real key player. You can hardly imagine the team without him anymore, very aggressive, quick, with good technique. The coach told me that Xabi Alonso would bring a lot more quality to our midfield and he was right about that."

Poland striker Lewandowski, who arrived on a free transfer from league rivals Borussia Dortmund and has scored seven goals in the Bundesliga, two in the UEFA Champions League and one more in the German cup, also received praise: "He is an improvement for us, but I also like the statement he recently made, where he said he wanted to score more goals in the second half of this season than in the first."

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