Deco backs Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain

Footballer Deco during a press conference for his new team Fluminense  on August 9, 2010
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Deco says that Barcelona have the quality to get past Paris Saint-Germain and into the Champions League semi-finals.

Former Barcelona midfielder Deco has backed the Spanish giants to progress to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the former Portugal international believes that PSG will "make things difficult" for the Blaugrana.

"I've seen some [of their] games and I think PSG, despite being a team in formation, will make things difficult for Barca," he told ESPN Brasil. "[Coach Carlo Ancelotti] has experience in the Champions League.

"[Barcelona] have long played together, while PSG are a team that are still under construction. Of course, one cannot underestimate the French because they have quality players like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and Thiago [Silva], a very strong defence and a quality midfield."

Deco won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006.

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