Beating Barcelona will be tough - PSG president

The French club have set their sights on winning the group, although Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists they retain a great deal of respect for their 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 were paired with the Spanish club as well as Eredivisie winners 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.

However, Al-Khelaifi has not ruled out more movement before the September 1 transfer deadline as PSG aim to become European champions 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 were eliminated from the competition by Barca at the quarter-final stage two years ago, when they were held 2-2 at Parc des Princes before drawing scoreless at Camp Nou, thereby seeing them go out on away goals.

They were 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.