Kimpembe: PSG won’t underestimate Nancy

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Presnel Kimpembe says Paris Saint-Germain can't underestimate Nancy when the two sides clash in Ligue 1 this weekend.

PSG are currently third in the standings with five wins from eight games, while lowly Nancy are rock-bottom with just one victory and five points. 

Fresh from international duty, where the defender was an unused substitute in clashes with Bulgaria and the Netherlands, Kimpembe says there are a number of factors that could count against them this weekend.

He told the club's official website: "We know it won't be easy. No match is easy. We'll be away from home on a different kind of pitch as it's synthetic. 

"We're expecting a tough game and a real battle, even if Nancy are bottom of the table. I have a friend who plays there, Clement Lenglet, but he's suspended. 

"I haven't been able to talk to him as I do normally as I was with the national team, but we'll talk about it at some stage, I'm sure."

Kimpembe also revealed he was delighted with his call-up, having previously turned out for the U21s.

"Everything went well! I had a little apprehension at the idea of being called up for France. It's normal. I even had my rite of passage…I had to sing, of course!

"But everything went perfectly," he explained. I met up with players that I already know well, such as Layvin Kurzawa, for example. That helped me settle in. All of the staff and my team-mates welcomed me warmly. I soon felt at ease."

Paris Saint-Germain are also in Champions League action, against Swiss champions Basel on Wednesday, with Kimpembe expecting another tough encounter.

He concluded: "We'll have to be solid, because they're a good team. We have to win at home. 

"First place in the group is at stake because Arsenal are having a good run in the Champions League. They're a well-known team which is used to European contests. 

"We know that these games in Europe are always very difficult to negotiate. But we'll be ready."