Emery: PSG playing to win it

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery believes that Wednesday's Coupe de France Round of 16 clash with Niort is crucial if the club want to win France's premier cup competition.

PSG are on a superb winning run in recent times having crushed Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League and demolishing Marseille 5-1 in Ligue 1. 

The Spaniard told the club's official website: "For us, the Coupe de France is very important. It's the 100th edition of the competition and we're the only ones, along with Marseille, to have won it ten times. 

"We're playing to win it. There are a lot of surprises in this competition, and we don't want there to be any surprises concerning us. We want to be competitive and respectful and get off to a good start in this match.

"Along with my coaching staff, we've watched their last four matches and done an analysis. We observed how they played as a team. They have some interesting players, they like to play attacking football with link-up play and they like to score goals. Still, against us, they could well change the way they play, as a lot of our opponents do. We did our analysis and now we're working."

Niort are 12th in France's Ligue 2 and are expected to be huge underdogs in the contest. However, Les chamois have only been beaten once in their last 11 home fixtures at Stade Rene Gaillard.