CL:Paris v Barcelona Preview


Unai Emery has stressed Paris Saint-Germain do not feel inferior to any team ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona .

Unai Emery, Paris coach
It should be a good, attractive tie. It’ll come down to who plays better at crucial moments, who gets their tactics right and who wins the duels on the pitch. We want to seize this chance because we’re playing against one of the best teams in Europe and the world.

The squad is very motivated. We don’t feel inferior to anyone. We have very important players who are growing at PSG and who want to write a wonderful story, as individuals and with PSG.

Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
Paris have played at a high level for the past few weeks. We’ll just have to play better than them and win. Knowing Unai, he will try to make life difficult for us. Both teams have the same goal, but we’ll try to control the ball and create as many chances as possible.

We have good memories of this ground and this team. It’s never been easy. PSG were never submissive or docile in those games. They know us perfectly. I’m sure it will be a very interesting game.

Possible line-ups
Paris: Trapp; Aurier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Maxwell; Verratti, Rabiot, Matuidi; Lucas, Cavani, Draxler.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitić, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar.

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