Luis Enrique sees the tie against PSG as 'open and attractive'

Luis Enrique, à Paris / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Barça coach described PSG as one of the ‘contenders for the trophy’ and admitted that there could be ‘lots of goals’

In the press conference prior to the first leg of the quarter-final Champions League tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Barça, coach Luis Enrique was very clear: “It’s a very open tie.” At the same time the Asturian was ambitious in his approach: “We won’t sit back. The objective is the same as always: to win.” He added: “Seeing the potential of the two teams, it could be a tie with plenty of goals.”

More from Luis Enrique in the press conference in Paris below:

The games in the group stage

“You arrive in Paris and it’s familiar to us to play against them. From the start I have said that PSG are one of the favourites for the title.”

“We are as mature as we were then. That game, the result was not good for us, but we were close to getting a draw, we had chances. It’s a game we can improve upon.”

Players missing from both sides

“It’s obvious that they have players out, but in the group stage Ibrahimovic did not play and they beat us. They are important players for them but they have a good squad and they can still make tricky for us.”

“The absence of Dani Alves doesn’t affect the tie. We will try to do the same and I have complete confidence in the player who comes in.”

Barça’s form

“I like everything about my team, that why we are where we are. We can still improve.”

Ter Stegen highlights need to be fully focused

Marc-André ter Stegen coming out onto the field at Parc des Princes / MIGUEL RUIZ- FCB
Barça’s German keeper feels confident ahead of the clash with PSG and believes it is important that the blaugranes are faithful to their style

A day before the game against PSG, the first leg of their Champions’ League quarter-final, Marc-André ter Stegen has spoken before the press at the Parc des Princes to give his opinion on Barça’s chances ahead of the clash. “If we are at our level and we show our quality then we will have a great chance to beat PSG,” admitted the German goalkeeper. On the two previous meetings between the sides in this season’s competition, Ter Stegen was adamant: “The past doesn’t matter we can only look forward.”

Below are some of the most important highlights from the Barça goalkeeper’s appearance before the press.

“We are happy to be back here. Right now this is the only game that there is, later we can talk about what is coming.”

“We have to be focused. What has happened in the past now is not important. If we play as we know how, then we have a great chance to get a good result.”

“Every game is different and PSG have plenty of quality. It will be important to be faithful to our style. We know we have to give our best and at that at Camp Nou we have that bit extra, but we have to focus on the game in Paris.”

“In the Champions League you always have to be switched on. Against City was the best example. We were focused in that game and if we are concentrated then we can beat anyone. The results show that we are ambitious and hungry.”

“I am confident and I think that my last few games have been good and I am hungry to play. I have to keep helping the team and look to the future.”

Blanc sees defensive performance key against FC Barcelona

Laurent Blanc, en la roda de premsa del partit al Camp Nou / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The PSG coach has explained they they can ‘take lessons from the game in the group stage’

Laurent Blanc and Maxwell Scherrer appeared before the press on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s battle between PSG and Barça. The two are both former blaugranes and the man who is now coach of the Parisian club spoke about the difficulty of facing the Catalans once again after being drawn with them in the group stage also. “We have taken some lessons from the game in Parc des Princes,” revealed Blanc, as well as responding to questions about the fitness worries surrounding his team. Maxwell also identified what he believes will be Barça’s principal weapons: “It’s difficult to defend against Messi, we will make sure that we are as defensively solid as possible.”

Below the highlights of PSG coach Laurent Blanc and PSG defender Maxwell’s press conference:

Laurent Blanc

“We have learned lessons from the game in the group stage in the Parc des Princes. We will have to defend well not to concede at home.”

“We will try to not give them any space, but we also have to try and attack quickly.”

“Motta is running and that is good news, but I think it will difficult for him to play a part. Likewise, David Luiz is also recovering quicker than expected from his injury.”

“Messi is one of the best players in the world but we cannot just focus solely on him.”

“Sirigu could have work to do against Barça’s attack. I hope he has a great game.”

Maxwell Scherrer

“We don’t have anything to lose against Barça. We will do everything we can to get through to the semi-finals.”

“In the game in the group stage at home, what made the difference was our defensive aggression.”

On the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibahimovic: “We have Lavezzi, Pastore and Cavani, who are also very important players for us.”