Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is confident his side can get the better of Real Madrid as he looked ahead to next month’s heavyweight Champions League showdown in an interview with AFP.
And Emery dismissed suggestions that defeat to the reigning champions would constitute a failure for a club that invested huge sums in Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves in the hope of winning the Champions League.
It is a chance for us to show that we are at the same level as them, that we can beat the best teams,” the Spaniard said as his team prepares to return to action following the French winter break.
PSG play their first game of 2018 on Sunday away to Rennes when they begin their defence of the French Cup.
Their January schedule will be taken up by domestic action, but a nine-point lead over Monaco and Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 means they will perhaps already be starting to think about the first leg of their last-16 tie in Madrid on February 14.
“I always think positive,” said Emery. “We will prepare well to come into the tie strong and compete with Real. I think we can win.”