PSG set for Barcelona litmus test

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has described Barcelona as one of the greatest sides of all time.

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By FOX Sport Staff

Barcelona have won the UEFA Champions League three times in their last seven attempts with their most recent triumph coming in the 2010/11 season where they defeated English giants Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley.

No wonder Leonardo was so full of praise for the Catalans when his PSG side were drawn against Barca in the last-eight of this season's Champions League on Friday in Nyon.

"It is the most difficult draw against the best team in the competition," he was quoted on Champions League website as saying.

"It won't be easy, but we are looking forward to it because Paris deserves to be part of what will be a celebration of football.

"We can measure ourselves against one of the greatest sides of all time. Barcelona are red-hot favourites, but anything can happen".

PSG are a team on the rise in European football - backed by the deep pockets of Arab billionaires. Among the players the Ligue 1 side can count on to produce moments of game changing brilliance include Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi while former European champion Carlo Ancelotti is the club's manager.

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta expects a tight quarter-final tie which kicks off in early April.

"PSG have very good players with a lot of talent," he said.

"With their experience and knowledge of playing these types of games I am sure they will be challenging right until the end. They are very competitive and we'll be up against several players we know well."

PSG also recently brought in former Real Madrid player David Beckham on a short term contract.



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