Thiago Silva: Expect the unexpected against Barcelona

The experienced defender is dreaming of making it to the semi-finals, but is aware of the tough taks of overcoming Tito Vilanova's side
Thiago Silva has warned his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates that Barcelona are always capable of doing the unexpected as they prepare for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

The Brazil international is full of respect for the Catalan powerhouse, but is nonetheless hopeful of springing a surprise and eliminating the Blaugrana.

"Barca are so versatile they’re capable of doing something completely unexpected, which can end up making you look silly. They’ve got the best team in the world, the best player, and several others who help him out with their passing and movement," the defender told

"In any case, we’re going to focus on the first leg, try and get a great result at home and then try and clinch qualification at Camp Nou.

"Barcelona are always favourites, whatever team they’re playing against. And they deserve to be too, thanks to their recent track record and the incredibly high standards they hit. But I always say that this [favourites’ status] is an off-the-pitch thing. On it, we’ve got the chance to turn that on its head. They’ll be two tough games between two great teams.

"They’ll be aiming for the title, just as we are, so we’ll be trying to stop them. We’ve maybe got a little less experience than they do, but we’ve got a quality squad packed with players used to decisive matches."