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Live Blog: Dijon FCO vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Hatem Ben Arfa celebrates after scoring a goal during the French cup football match Rennes vs PSG on February 1, 2017 at Roahzon Park stadium in Rennes, western France. / AFP / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain Football Club got off to a positive start for the month of February and will aim to build on that when they are back on the road to take on Olivier Dall’Oglio’s Dijon FCO at the Stade Gaston Gerard in Dijon, France. With Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco and Lucien Favre’s OGC Nice setting first place for the weekend, PSG will aim to build up some pressure on the Cote d’Azur powerhouses to the south as they aim for another strong showing in the mustard capital of the world. Got any Grey Poupon?

“Every player here deserves their place,” said Emery earlier this week. “Alphonse (Areola) had a great pre-season, and had his opportunity to be first-choice. His injury in November prevented him from maintaining that same level of performance. I speak a lot to the goalkeepers. Alphonse has to get his confidence back and work. We have complete confidence in him and he knows he has to work.”

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“My first few weeks here have gone very well,” said Julian Draxler, the hero from the Coupe de France match with Stade Rennais FC midweek. “I’m settling in nicely and everyone at the club has given me a warm welcome. The team has huge potential in France and in Europe. I want to be one of the best on the continent and I know that coming here was the right decision. The club signs good players and wants to win titles. The team puts everything into place in order to keep growing all the time. I love the style of play here. My choice was a no-brainer, I absolutely wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain.”

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“The club showed a lot of faith in me; Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Patrick Kluivert and Unai Emery,” said Goncalo Guedes, who also featured in the Coupe de France Round of 32 tie. “I know that there is a big Portuguese community in Paris. That helped in my decision to come here to join a big club with great players and a great coach. My versatility? I will play where the coach asks me to play. I’m comfortable anywhere across the front line, but I was trained as winger. Still, I will do my best to fulfill whatever role the coach and the team need me to fulfill.”

Our live blog starts on the dot at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET/6 p.m. Paris time and also includes updates from the other matches going on in Ligue 1, including Monaco-Nice, Bordeaux-Rennes, Guingamp-Caen, Lille-Lorient and Montpellier-Bastia. You don’t want to miss this.

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