Enrique: PSG among CL favourites

Luis Enrique has praised Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain following Friday’s draw in Nyon.

The Catalans knocked out Les Rouge-et-Bleu at the same stage in 2013, but the Coach highlighted his side’s defeat at Parc des Princes in the group stage last September and the Ligue 1 giants’ elimination of Chelsea in the round of 16 as proof they had their work cut out.

“[PSG] are very dangerous opponents and I have much respect for them,” he told Barca’s official website.

“We have the experience of [facing them in] the group stage with a loss and a win.

“After eliminating Chelsea, they showed their credentials as a strong candidate to win the competition.

“The absences of [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and [Marco] Verratti, although important, will surely be eased by other top-level players, so they’ll be just as dangerous.

“[Playing the second leg at home] isn’t significant as it’s still important to get a good result in the first leg and then try to qualify for the semi-finals in front of our fans.”

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