Unai Emery has told his Paris Saint-Germain players to forget about their 3-0 loss to Montpellier on Saturday and focus on sealing top spot in Group A ahead of Arsenal.
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- Paris suffered heaviest defeat in more than five years at weekend
- Already qualified Paris will top Group A with a victory
- Ludogorets assured of third place if they win in French capital
- Visitors have won five of last six matches in all competitions
Paris: Aréola; Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Thiago Motta, Krychowiak, Matuidi; Lucas, Cavani, Di María.
Out: Verratti (suspended), Pastore (knee), Rabiot (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Marquinhos, Thiago Motta
Ludogorets: Stoyanov, Cicinho, Moţi, Palomino, Nataniel; Dyakov, Anicet; Marcelinho, Wanderson, Cafú; Keșerü.
Out: Vitinha (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Natanael
Unai Emery, Paris coach
The Montpellier game was bad for the confidence of the team, but we have to forget it and remember what we've done well before that. It was an important match, but we need to focus on the positives and concentrate on tomorrow's game.
As for selecting players for tomorrow, I will also remember the good things they did before the Montpellier match. Ángel Di María is an important player for us. He's played some good games, but he can do more. Everyone has to help him to give him the confidence to play better and help the team.
Georgi Dermendzhiev, Ludogorets coach
We want to be positive and give a good account of ourselves, to make the most of our advantages. We played well in our last game, but Paris are a class team full of quality and we'll have to perform well. Fans are in for an enjoyable match. I don't want to follow the score from the other game. We'll just focus on ourselves and see what happens.
Montpellier 3-0 Paris (Lasne 42, Ellyes Skhiri 48, Boudebouz 80)
Paris were 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions, winning ten of them, prior to suffering their heaviest defeat in any competition in more than five years.
Ludogorets were not in action at the weekend.
Reporter's view: Chris Burke (@UEFAcomChrisB)
Win. That's it. That's all that matters to Paris now as they look to press home their advantage in Group A and set up a potentially more favourable round of 16 tie. Anything less and the critics will harden their stance following Saturday's shock 3-0 loss to Montpellier – even if Paris still manage to pip Arsenal to top spot.
And with Ludogorets having threatened Emery's side on the counter on matchday two, he and his charges need to take nothing for granted.
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In a run of 41 European home games since losing to Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage, Paris have been beaten only once, 3-1 against Barcelona in the 2014/15 quarter-final first leg (W26 D14). Read more in our extensive match background.