Barcelona v PSG: Lionel Messi says PSG ‘ideal’ for winning Champions League

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Glasgow (BBC Sport) – Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi says Paris St-Germain is the “ideal” place to win the Champions League again.

The Ligue 1 leaders have yet to concede a goal this season and face PSG in this season’s quarter-finals.

This will be the fourth time since 2013 that they have reached the last eight.

“I feel like they [PSG] are the ideal place to win this title again. It’s in a big stadium with many fans,” he said.

“The French clubs have shown they can compete in the Champions League this season. But they are a great team, they are not just ordinary teams.

“Last year was one of the greatest seasons in the history of PSG.”

Last season’s final was played at Stockholm’s Friends Arena

PSG clinched the domestic treble last season after reaching the Champions League final in which they lost 4-2 to Real Madrid.

Barcelona, who have an 87% shot accuracy rate and 67% pass completion so far this season, have also qualified for the last eight.

Champions League and Europa League double winners PSG have lost just once in 18 league matches this season.

And coach Unai Emery is backing them to go deep into the Champions League.

“We are a good team that has lots of quality, lots of defensive qualities and lots of attacking qualities,” he said.

“The squad of players that we have is very good. We are working really hard and are convinced we will have a great run in the Champions League.”

Barcelona top La Liga by three points ahead of Real Madrid’s match at Villarreal on Sunday and were crowned Spanish champions for the 28th time.

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