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André Gomes expects a difficult match on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes. In the pre-match press conference the midfielder had a clear objective: to win the first leg against PSG away so that “the return leg will be more comfortable” at the Camp Nou.

The Barça midfielder highlighted how dangerous the team from Paris will be: “PSG have great players and lots of quality. They have singed well in the winter transfer window. Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t there anymore but Edinson Cavani is and he has scored lots of goals.”

Furthermore, he praised their “strong midfield and complete team who have comfortably won their last few league titles.” However, the Portugal international seemed up for the challenge: “they are playing at home so we need to respect them but we want to win.”

Regarding his performances in a Barça shirt, whether as a defensive midfielder or on either side of the midfield, Gomes said he “has never felt better”. He spoke of the opportunity to learn from players he admires, like Rakitic or Iniesta, day after day.

When asked who he is most similar to Andrés Gomes gave a confident answer: “I would like to have my own style. I am a mix of the two because no players play like Rakitic does or have Iniesta’s skills. They are great players and I need to grow with them.”

Cavani: 'Suárez and I are great friends'

PSG striker, Edinson Cavani, spoke to the media ahead of the round of 16 first leg and highlighted how “PSG have been candidates to win the Champions League for the last few years and we have reached the knockout stages. Barça have their own record but we are experienced.” Moreover, the Uruguayan striker spoke about his compatriot Luis Suárez: “We are from the same city but with slightly different paths. We are good friends and we get on well, we are like family when we are with the national team.” “He is an impressive player with incredible fitness” he added. Edinson Cavani turns 30 tomorrow and he spoke of the ideal present being “a good result against Barça”.

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