Christophe Galtier wants cool heads when Paris Saint-Germain step into the Stade Velodrome cauldron to face Marseille on Wednesday, recognising a crunch phase of the season has arrived.
Marseille-born Galtier, who began his playing career with the south-coast team, leads PSG into a Classique at the last-16 stage of the Coupe de France.
It is a meeting of the top two teams in Ligue 1, and PSG will be back in Marseille later in the month for a clash in league competition.
The Parisians also face Monaco and Lille in February, and they host the first leg of the keenly anticipated Champions League last-16 showdown with Bayern Munich next Tuesday.
Asked about pressure during what is his first term at the helm, Galtier said: “There is pressure from the moment you sign the contract. You have to get results.
“It is a month with a lot at stake. We will be playing in three competitions: the league, then tomorrow is a knockout game, and then the tie against Bayern Munich which everyone is looking forward to. That is also a knockout. There is a lot at stake and there are a lot of expectations this month.”
Sergio Ramos and Neymar are available after injury, but Kylian Mbappe remains absent with a thigh problem.
Lionel Messi, after his winning goal against Toulouse on Saturday, will again be a player PSG look to for leadership.
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