FC Barcelona coach confrontation. “We came up against one of the most difficult opponents to face, even if we have the second leg at home, which is positive,” Xavi said at a press conference on the eve of a “vital” clash in Liga against Atlético Madrid on Sunday (9 p.m.).

“It’s time to dream and show that we can compete with one of the best teams in Europe” he added, nevertheless believing that “favorite status” was for the Parisian club (go April 10, return on the 16th). “The feeling is that we are a young Barça, but with a lot of talent. (…) Maybe PSG has more experience but we have the desire and the enthusiasm to fight for qualification,” assured the Catalan technician.

Regarding the match against Atlético, Xavi recalled that the Colchoneros, who have not lost at home in the league for over a year, “are full of confidence” after eliminating Inter on Wednesday on penalties. in the round of 16 second leg of C1. But they will perhaps also be blunted, like Antoine Griezmann, released in overtime and uncertain for this match against his former club, according to his coach Diego Simeone.

Spanish central defender Mario Hermoso, hit in the left thigh during the qualification celebration, is out. For its part, Barça should be able to count on the returns from injury of Ferran Torres and Marcos Alonso on Sunday.