PSG's Luis Enrique: "We will go to Barcelona with a lot of desire"

In an exciting UEFA Champions League encounter, Paris Saint-Germain was defeated by FC Barcelona 2-3 at the Parc des Princes
Luis Enrique speaks after PSG's 2-3 defeat against Barcelona in the UCL.
Luis Enrique speaks after PSG's 2-3 defeat against Barcelona in the UCL. / Franco Arland/GettyImages

Paris Saint-Germain hosted the Catalan club in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, where they encountered the surprise victory by Barcelona as visitors, clinching the win in a goal-filled match by both teams, but the Spanish team proved more effective in winning the first leg 2-3.

For the Parisians, it was a rather tough defeat, especially at this stage of the season, where they have performed well in their domestic competitions. However, the international competition has posed a challenge as they will have to seek a comeback as visitors on April 16th in Spain.

Paris Saint-Germain will seek to overturn the series and advance to the UCL semi-final

Luis Enrique expressed himself to Canal Plus regarding the final result of the match against Barcelona: "It's not the result we wanted. We turned the game around in the second half, but they scored the third goal. Everything remains open. We will go to Barcelona with a lot of desire. For us, it will be a final. I have confidence in my team." The faith remains intact for the Parisians, and despite the negative result, hopes of a comeback are encouraging for Luis Enrique.

The ambition of Paris Saint-Germain this season had stood out greatly, following the failures experienced in previous years in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. However, this result against Barcelona has been a hard blow for the club given the moment they were experiencing. "A comeback to eliminate Barça next week? I have no doubt that we are capable of doing it and we will achieve it. That's my goal," expressed Luis Enrique to Canal Plus.

Full focus for the UEFA Champions League

There is a week of preparation left for PSG to work on their serious defensive errors, especially guarding the defense's back in quick transitions from attack to defense. The Parisians will have the luxury of a whole week's rest before visiting Spain, which is an encouraging outlook to focus all attention on the UEFA Champions League and to be able to overturn the series.