Lavezzi warns PSG to show Valencia respect

Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi admits his side cannot afford to underestimate Valencia in their UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 tie.

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By FOX Sports staff

PSG will be looking to move one step closer to the quarter-finals of the competition next Tuesday when they visit the Mestalla in the first leg of their last-16 clash, and given Los Che's inconsisteny displays so far this season, many have installed the French Ligue 1 outfit as favourites for the tie.

However, Lavezzi believes his team have to be wary of their opponents, who he believes are very experienced when it comes to playing in Europe's premier club competition.

"I don't want matches when I'm not playing but I know Valencia demand a lot of respect," he said on UEFA's official website.

"They're technically strong, they like to be on the ball and use it well - and, to go back to my basic point, Valencia have a lot of Champions League experience.

"I've learned in this competition that teams with experience have an advantage. Chelsea were one of those last season and we paid for it at Napoli."

PSG booked their place in the last 16 after finishing top of Group A with 15 points from six games, but Lavezzi is aware the knockout-round format means they cannot afford even the slightest of slip-ups.

"Our first stage in the tournament was good, but now it's at the stage where there can be no mistakes," the Argentina international added.

Les Parisiens have never been crowned champions of Europe although they did win the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup back in the 1995/96 season.

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