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25 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says The City Ground is 'a magical place' and expects the atmosphere to be ramped up for the visit of Leeds United on Saturday.

The Reds renew acquaintances with Garry Monk's side this weekend and Montanier believes home advantage will help Forest defeat a Leeds team who have beaten Sheffield Wednesday and Luton Town this week without conceding a goal.

Speaking ahead of the game he said: "Leeds have had two very good away wins this week. We will need to be at our top level to beat them as they're a dangerous side. They are a very organised unit in defence and they can counter-attack quickly so I'm sure it will be a very exciting game on Saturday.

"The first target for us is to win the game. The second is to defend better and eliminate the mistakes at the back. We understand that we have been conceded too many goals at home and we need to start defending better as team.

"The City Ground is a magical place. I've told my friends that there's a special atmosphere inside the ground on matchdays. We're looking forward to playing at home again this weekend."

Last night's EFL Cup third-round draw handed Forest a home tie against Premier League giants Arsenal and Montanier says he is looking forward to taking on his countryman Arsene Wenger next month. 

He said: "The Arsenal game will be a tough challenge for us but it is exactly why we wanted to take the first few rounds seriously. We worked very hard against Doncaster and Millwall and I think we deserved this tie against one of the biggest clubs in England.

"Arsene Wenger has a fantastic reputation in England and in France and a lot of coaches want to replicate his success as a manager. It will be a good challenge for myself and for the team but we have a lot of important games to concentrate on before then."

Tickets are still available for the next home game against Leeds United via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, in-person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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