PSG president: Beating Barcelona will be tough

The French club has set its sights on winning the group, although Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists his team retains a great deal of respect for its opponents
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi admits topping Barcelona in the Champions League group stage will be difficult.

The Parc des Princes outfit was paired with the Spanish club as well as Eredivisie winner Ajax and Cypriot side APOEL in Group F but, despite this challenging pool, the Qatari chief insists that it is his side’s aim to win it.

"We are going to try to win this group, even if it will be difficult," he explained to the media. "It’s not easy but it’s not very difficult."

Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have seen the Parisians forced to cut back on their spending this summer, while their squad for the competition will be reduced from 25 to 22 as a further punishment.

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However, Al-Khelaifi has not ruled out more movement before the Sept. 1 transfer deadline as PSG aims to become European champios for the first time in the club's history.

"I don’t know if there will be another transfer. I can never say never. Anything is possible."

PSG was eliminated from the competition by Barca at the quarterfinal stage two years ago, when it was held 2-2 at Parc des Princes before drawing scoreless at Camp Nou, being eliminated on away goals.

The capital club was also eliminated at the last-eight phase in 2013-14, this time to Chelsea as a late goal from Demba Ba condemned Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co. to an exit.