In an interview with PSG TV (via PSG Talk) Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes gave his opinion that the Parisians are better equipped to deal with Bayern Munich after improving their mentality since last season’s Champions League final.
The feisty midfielder revealed his take on what PSG were lacking the last time they faced Bayern. “I think we needed to improve mentally after last season, and we’ve done that,” Paredes said.
Despite PSG’s lacklustre start to their season, the 26-year-old made it clear that they are more than ready for the challenge. “With the physical work we do and the recovery after a difficult start to the season, we’re now better than last season. We have quality players, and we have the ambition of going far,” he said.
Paredes is currently under suspension due to card accumulation and will miss the first leg in the Allianz Arena. “It’s tough for me to accept that I won’t be on the pitch to help my teammates,” Paredes said. “I knew that I was under the threat of a suspension when we played Barcelona. I got a yellow card.”
The Argentine will be missed by his teammates as he is capable of making a nuisance of himself to opposition midfielders — on and off the ball. Having said that Paredes strongly believes his side are fully capable of going through. “But I have confidence in my teammates to go and get a result over there and I hope to be available for the second leg. The squad is 100% ready. We’re going into this last part of the season with a huge amount of determination and this game motivates us a lot.”
Like the Argentine said, motivation will be running high in both the squads to ruin the other’s party and seal a spot in the semis.