Ancelotti admires Barcelona's 'mentality'

In a press conference ahead of the two sides' friendly, the Italian trainer praised the Catalan giants, while also mentioning how he hopes his own team will progress in the future
Carlo Ancelotti believes Paris Saint-Germain's pre-season friendly against Barcelona on Saturday will be an important test for his players.

The Parisian outfit take on Tito Vilanova's side at the Parc des Princes ahead of the new Ligue 1 season, and the 53-year-old wants his side to take note of their opponents' ambition to win matches.

"This match against one of the best teams in the world will be a good test for us," said Ancelotti at a press conference.

"What we like about Barcelona is their mentality. We will try to make our own journey in time with the qualities we possess."

When asked about the club's new striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Italian said: "Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the world, and he will be an asset to the team.

"French football is not very different to Italian football. Ibrahimovic will not have a problem adapting."

Javier Pastore, who was present alongside Ancelotti at the press conference, was equally complimentary about his side's next opponents.

"We always want to play beautiful teams like Barca. I'm very happy to go up against them. It's the first time in three years that I've had a full pre-season - that must have had an effect on my debut season."

Meanwhile, defender Mamadou Sakho told the club's official website that he too is enthused by the prospect of facing Barca at the Parc des Princes.

"This is the type of game that everyone dreams about. We're at home, hosting Barca, the best team in the world," he added.

"What more can you say? To play against those players, those artists who are the best of the best... it will be a great chance for us to measure ourselves as a team.

"On a personal level, to play against those forwards can only make you a better player."

The friendly between PSG and Barcelona kicks off at 20:00UTC on Saturday.