PSG without skipper Silva for Barca clash

The last time they went out in the Round of 16 was in the 2006-07 season, when they fell to Liverpool in that round. We have observed them a lot and analysed their play. "My players don't feel that they are inferior to the MSN".

But this was not a night about individuals, this was about a team - and a coaching staff - that did not make a single misstep. Tactics are very important, but it is all about winning your battles on the pitch. As fun as it is to win domestic competitions, going up against the best teams in the continent is the flawless way to show your strength. It's a chance that we have to exploit.

At just 23, left-back Digne has already experienced the demands at the top level with PSG in his homeland and Roma in Italy, but nothing comes close to the demands he faces day-to-day since joining Barcelona in July. "We need to win something in Europe".

And what you want more than most when you play a team like Barcelona, particularly in defence, is experience, but Emery will have to hope Kimpembe does the job for his team and keeps out the away goals, which could prove to be so crucial in this tie.

"I expect PSG to be audacious, with their fans behind them, and they will make life hard for us".

"(Losing to City) was hard to take because we knew we could win", Lucas told the AP.

For the first time in several years, PSG have a genuine title rival in the shape of free-scoring Monaco, who lead them by three points at present, with third-placed Nice also still in the frame.

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Draxler has been impressive so far, which is more than can be said for PSG's summer recruits.

But Lucas told AP, "No team is unbeatable, but of course for me they are the favorites". Barca is believed to be one step ahead of PSG but football is game where you can't be sure of anything.

"It will be a daring PSG side, backed by the home support and trying to make things hard for us".

The Ligue 1 champions are also without Thiago Motta, the former Barcelona midfielder, through suspension and so Unai Emery will have to remodel the spine of his side.

The French champions have beaten Barcelona in the recent past, claiming a 3-2 win in the group stage in September 2014.

But if not, the burden will fall on the likes of Arda Turan, Ivan Rakitic and the incomparable Andres Iniesta to load the bullets for Messi and Suarez (57 goals between them in all competitions and counting) to shoot down Emery's men.