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Pastore bullish over PSG chances against Madrid

14 December 2017 12:58

Drawing Real Madrid in the round of 16 has not affected Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of Champions League glory, according to Javier Pastore.

Unai Emery's all-star squad claimed top spot in Group B ahead of Bayern Munich but their dubious reward is a tie-of-the-round showdown with Madrid, who have won the competition in three of the past four seasons.

Nevertheless, Argentina midfielder Pastore believes a PSG side including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have nothing to fear.

"We want to win this competition," Pastore told reporters.

"Real Madrid is a very difficult team but we have a good team too."

Pastore was speaking after PSG won 4-2 at Strasbourg to book a spot in the quarter finals of the Coupe de la Ligue – revenge for the surprise 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat they suffered against Thierry Laurey's side earlier this month.

"In the seven years that I've been here, every year we lose two games in a row and it's a crisis," the 28-year-old added.

"Then we win and it's over."

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 22 +51 56
2 22 +29 48
3 22 +23 47
4 22 +29 46
5 22 -2 34
6 22 -3 34
7 22 +5 31
8 22 -3 31
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15 22 -9 24
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