'Tito helped me tremendously at Barcelona' - Maxwell

The former Barcelona full-back says he is looking forward to meeting up with his former coach and admits PSG will have to work as a team to get something from the tie

Maxwell has spoken of the great "respect" he has for Tito Vilanova as Paris Saint-Germain prepare to take on Barcelona in the Champions League.

The former Blaugrana wing-back spent nearly three years in Catalunya when the current Barcelona boss was assistant to Pep Guardiola, and the 31-year-old has spoken warmly about Vilanova.

"Tito is a coach and a person who has helped me tremendously. I have enormous respect for him and it will be very nice to see him here in Paris," the Brazilian told TV3.

Les Parisiens are relative newcomers to the latter stages of the rebranded Champions League, having not featured in the last eight since 1995, and the former Inter and Ajax defender suggests France's capital club is still in transition.

"Many things are still changing. We have had a very irregular year," said Maxwell.

"We will face an opponent who in recent years have been the best team in Europe and the world. They have spectacular players and i'll try to do my best to make life difficult for Barca."

Maxwell is well aware of the threat the four-time European Cup winners possess but says PSG's Swedish striker, who was set to miss the first leg before having his ban reduced, can combat the menace of the free-scoring Lionel Messi.

He added: "Messi is the best, but we have Ibrahimovic and the other players who are trying to do the best for the team."

Reports last week said Jose Mourinho had offered the Lique 1 leaders advice on how to tactically outsmart the Blaugrana, but the Brazilian has faith in Carlo Ancelotti's ability to mastermind progression to the semi-finals.

Maxwell added: "Our coach has more than enough capacity to analyse the opponent and know what to do."