Thiago Silva urges PSG to take advantage of Lionel Messiís absence from Barca squad
Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed the availability of their star defender Thiago Silva for the mega-match against Barcelona. The two teams are scheduled to meet at Nou Camp for the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday.
The first leg ended in a dramatic 2-2 encounter at Parc des Princes a week ago. Barcelona were hot-favorites to proceed to the Champions League semifinals, but Paris Saint-Germain’s impressive form and injuries to Lionel Messi, Javier Hernandez and Carles Puyol, could see the French side come out as victors.
The 28-year-old center-back, who just got cleared from Paris Saint-Germain’s medical staff, believes his team can stun Barcelona with a win at their home ground.
The Brazilian also explained that although the score was 2-2 on aggregate for now, Barcelona will move on to the next stage in case of a draw since the Spanish football powerhouse has scored two away goals. Therefore, only a victory can see Paris Saint-Germain move to the Champions League semifinals.
Only a win will do for us to go through to the next round,” Thiago Silva said. “So we need to defend well so as not to concede, and to show personality when we have the ball. With the attackers we have, we can do them damage.”
Paris Saint-Germain will benefit from the absence of Barcelona’s star players Lionel Messi, Javier Hernandez and Carles Puyol. Lionel Messi was injured in the battle against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes last week.
“It is very difficult to mark [Messi] because he is very quick, he carries the ball stuck to his feet,” Thiago Silva said. “The truth is if he does not play it will be a relief for me - but not completely, as they have [David] Villa and Pedro [Rodriguez] is coming back.
“The losses of [Carles] Puyol and [Javier] Mascherano are a bigger problem for them. They have to improvise at the back, which will complicate things for them a little, although Barca are always Barca. They do not just have the best player in the world, but the best team too.”