Zubizarreta: PSG is a dangerous opponent

Barcelona's sporting director believes the French outfit will pose a serious threat, particularly as it has some former Blaugrana players in its ranks.
Even though Barcelona avoided drawing the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, the club's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, says Paris Saint-Germain will be tough opponents in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

The Liga leader looked to be staring into the Champions League abyss after a 2-0 first-leg defeat to AC Milan in the last 16, but a stunning 4-0 turnaround at Camp Nou ensured it would be in the draw for the last eight. Zubizarreta believes playing the second at leg at home in the tie will be an advantage, but concedes the Ligue 1 leader is a dangerous side.

"We have to look on playing the return game in Barcelona as being positive," Zubizarreta told reporters. "PSG have very good players with a lot of talent. With their experience and knowledge of playing these types of games I am sure they will be challenging right until the end [of the tie].

"They are very competitive and we will be coming up against several players we know quite well."

Former Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is PSG's main threat, but he will be suspended for the first leg as he concludes his ban for the red card he received in the round of 16 first leg againts Valencia. PSG midfielder Thiago Motta also used to play for the Blaugrana, suiting up for the Catalans from 2001-2007.

PSG midfielder David Beckham is also well-versed in all things Barcelona dating back to his time with the club's chief rival, Real Madrid.

The first leg will take place at Parc des Princes on April 2, with the return fixture at Camp Nou slated for April 10.

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