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Paris Saint-Germain's minds on Manchester United challenge - Tuchel

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has said he and his players are already looking ahead to next week's Champions League round-of-16 first leg game at Manchester United.

PSG are 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand over second-placed Lille ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 home game against Bordeaux.

"Let's not kid ourselves -- everybody is thinking about Manchester, and that is totally normal," Tuchel said at a news conference on Friday.

"That goes for myself as well as the players. We have spoken about it, but in a serene manner -- a calm approach. First of all, we are focused on Bordeaux and we need to be organised. I like the mood in the squad."

Tuchel said a 2-1 loss at Lyon in Ligue 1 and the need for extra time against third-tier Villefranche Beaujolais in the Coupe de France had not been ideal preparation, but urged his players to remain positive.

"Sure, it is not our best period of the season," he said. "However, it is not the time to be too hard on ourselves or to lose confidence.

"We have put in some high-level performances and we must remain critical in a constructive way to better ourselves. We must not doubt ourselves -- we must remain calm and find solutions.

"There are difficult matches from time to time, and that is absolutely normal. You have to stay calm and confident after them. We are together, and we can show our quality against Bordeaux."

Tuchel said he was likely to rotate his squad on Saturday, adding: "Some guys have been run into the ground in recent weeks.

"Perhaps some of the others who have not played so much lately will feature against Bordeaux. We cannot let this match slide -- the team that starts at Parc des Princes will be one that is able to win."

Marco Verratti had been an injury concern after a thigh problem, but Tuchel said he hoped he could play at least half the game against Bordeaux.

"Everybody, apart from Neymar, is available," he said. "I hope that Marco will be ready."If it is possible for Marco to feature, he will start and perhaps play for 45 minutes."

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