Ezequiel Lavezzi: 'Paris Saint-Germain not favourites against Valencia'

Lavezzi: 'PSG not favourites'
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Ezequiel Lavezzi insists that Paris Saint-Germain are not favourites against Valencia and has the "utmost respect" for the Spanish club.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has dismissed suggestions that his side will head into their Champions League clash against Valencia on Tuesday as the favourites.

The Ligue 1 side are in Spain for the first leg of their last-16 tie that will be hosted at the Mestalla.

"You cannot make a mistake if you want to continue," he told reporters. "I think that in an instance like this, favourites do not exist. If you do things wrong, you're out.

"Valencia are a very good team playing very good football and they have experience in a competition like the Champions League. We do not think that anything will be easy. We know that Valencia are an important team with a track record in the Champions League that is significant.

"Matches are to be played, not to be won by talking. We have the utmost respect for Valencia on the field and we will do everything to win the game."

PSG warmed up for Tuesday's game with a 3-1 home victory over Bastia in Ligue 1 on Friday.

PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti on November 17, 2012
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