Champions League

Draxler wary of 'MSN' threat

2017-03-07 16:23
Julian Draxler.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler says the last-16 Champions League tie with Barcelona is not over because of the threat Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar possess.

PSG romped to a surprise 4-0 victory in the first-leg at the Parc des Princes, with Draxler and Edison Cavani scoring a goal a piece while in-form winger Angel Di Maria grabbed a brace.

Despite a commanding lead going into Wednesday's return-leg fixture at the iconic Camp Nou Stadium, the Germany international remains well aware that the star attacking trio hold the potential to overturn the four-goal deficit.

"If you play Barcelona in the Champions League, it's a special night [already]," Draxler told ESPN ahead of the tie.

"For me, it's not that difficult [to play against the trio] because I'm attacking. I don't want to be defending against them but I think we showed in the first leg that we have the quality to stop them.

"Of course it's not easy at the Camp Nou, and it's maybe the best attack in the world. They can do everything and we're prepared.

"If the attackers don't receive the ball, they can't score. It's not that easy because you can't stop a team like Barcelona for 180 minutes... so it will be sure that they'll have opportunities to score, you can't stop them forever.

"But we'll try to find our space on the pitch and if we score, we have a good chance to go through," he added.

"We shouldn't be too comfortable because there were other teams that have lost 5-0 in Camp Nou. I think it's a special stadium, [where] there's already been special nights."

Kick off is at 21:45.

 

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