Former Barcelona star turned Paris Saint-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert believes the UEFA Champions League knockout fixture between Barcelona and PSG clash will not be a walk in the park for his former employers who bookmarkers may be considering as favorites to reach the quarter final stages of the competition.
Paris Saint-Germain's punishment for their slip-up against Ludogorets at home on the final day of the group stage fixtures is a tie against opponents they have drawn three times in the last five UEFA Champions League seasons.ALSO READ: Arsenal face Bayern again, Barca tackle PSG
And Kluivert who spent four years at the Camp Nou, scoring 90 La Liga goals in 182 league appearances for the Catalans believes the fixture promises to be an almighty clash appears to favor his current employers whom he joined back in July in the capacity of a Football Director for a quarter final spot.
"We have played a lot against them and that's given us some great matches. We cannot talk our team down, we have a lot of quality.
"We also know they will be a very strong rival. But they know it's not a foregone conclusion that they'll beat us. And that's important." the former Barcelona man told UEFA.com
This is the teams' third knockout meeting in five seasons, with Barcelona winning each of the previous two. The Blaugrana prevailed 5-1 on aggregate in the 2014/15 quarter-finals, picking up a 3-1 first-leg victory at the Parc des Princes – Paris's sole home defeat in their last 42 European home games – before a 2-0 success in Spain.
When they had met in the group stage earlier in that 2014/15 campaign, each side won their home game: 3-2 in France, 3-1 in Spain while the 2012/13 quarter-finals fixture saw the first match in France finishing 2-2, with Barcelona squeezing through on away goals with a 1-1 home draw in the reverse tie.