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Pastore insists title race is not over

The reigning Ligue 1 champions are within touching distance of retaining their crown, but the Argentine says talk of winning the title again is still premature.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore insists that the title race is not over despite his club's healthy lead at the summit of Ligue 1.

Laurent Blanc's men edged closer to the title with a 3-0 win over Reims on Saturday, with Edinson Cavani finding the net before Aissa Mandi twice put through his own net.

Two wins from their remaining six games will guarantee the men from the capital a second straight league crown, though they can win the title at Lyon next weekend if Monaco loses to Nantes on Sunday.

"We still have two games to play in order to win the trophy and to be mathematically champions. It is not over yet," Pastore said.

Saturday's victory came only three days before a Champions League quarterfinal second leg at Chelsea. PSG leads 3-1 from the first leg but will be without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic because of a hamstring injury.

However, Pastore - scorer of the third goal in the first meeting - is confident PSG can finish the job without the Sweden international.

"One key player is missing within the squad, that's Ibra," the Argentinian said. "But we also have Edinson who is going to play in his usual position in which, he's very dangerous in front of the goal. It's going to be fine, Ibra is missing but we have the most important players fit.

"All the squad felt very well with a lot of confidence. I hope we will perform as we know we can, getting the possession and to score a goal, it's very important. It's going to be a very difficult game, because playing Chelsea away is tough. The pitch is smaller. But we will try to focus only on us, playing well and win the game."

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