Thiago Motta: Defeat to Barcelona left a bitter taste

The midfielder believes his side were unlucky to lose out on away goals in last season's Champions League tie but is confident the team have greatly improved this term
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta is determined to go far in this season's Champions League in order to put the "bitter taste" of last season behind it.

The French champions were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on away goals by Barcelona last year after a strike from Pedro at Camp Nou prevented les Parisiens from a famous win.

Having produced dominant displays in both the group stage and last 16 tie with Bayer Leverkusen, Motta is confident Laurent Blanc's side is capable of challenging for the last four as it prepares to take on Chelsea.

"When you're eliminated, it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. I think we did a good job but in the end we were eliminated thanks to the goal from Pedro," he told BeIn Sport. "This year we will try to do better than last time. We've changed a little bit. We've changed players, our game and our style of play. The team feels a little more confidence with how we play now.

"We're confident we're doing a good job. Things have certainly improved, we know that."

The first leg takes place at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.