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PSG confident they can match Barcelona

Press Association logoPress Association 13/02/2017

Paris St Germain manager Unai Emery insists his team do not feel inferior to the likes of Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 winners for the past four years take on the five-time European champions in an eagerly-anticipated last-16 tie in the Champions League.

Barca prevailed when the sides met in the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015 but Emery has no doubt PSG belong on the same stage as the Catalan giants.

"The squad is very motivated. We don't feel inferior to anyone," Emery said.

"We have very important players who are growing at PSG and who want to write a wonderful story, as individuals and with PSG."

PSG have reached the last eight for the past four seasons and want to establish themselves among the elite of the European game.

The club has long wanted ties of such glamour and significance as a regular feature of their fixture lists and Emery believes his side are now capable of winning them.

"We want to seize this chance because we're playing against one of the best teams in Europe and the world. It'll be difficult for us - but also difficult for them," he said.

For PSG's prolific striker Edinson Cavani the tie is one to savour as he comes up against Uruguay teammate Luis Suarez. The pair, who both hail from the same town, Salto, have been among the most in-form forwards in Europe this season with Cavani netting 33 times for PSG and Suarez 25 times for Barca.

Barcelona warmed up for the trip to the French capital by thrashing Alaves 6-0 at the weekend.

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