The Barcelona legend sees it being a close call between the two sides, who are facing each other early in the knockout stage.

By 90Min
February 08, 2018

Barcelona legend Xavi has tipped Paris Saint-Germain to come through their encounter with reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid unscathed as he believes Unai Emery's side have been perfectly constructed to win the European Cup.

The Parisians are deserved favorites heading into last 16 clash against Zinedine Zidane's men - who have stumbled through the season to find themselves 19 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona - according to the former Spain midfielder. 

Real Madrid's bid to win a historic Champions League title for three consecutive years will be put through a stern test when they face a high flying PSG side on Wednesday, who have lost just three times this season.

Four time Champions League winner, Xavi explained that while he anticipated Real Madrid to rise to the occasion, PSG remained favorites to progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition. 

In an interview with French radio station RMC, via FourFourTwo, Xavi said: "I think PSG are a spectacular team that are made to win the Champions League.

"But it is not good to face Madrid at the moment. It will be a very strong tie, although I think the favorite is PSG, because of their form. This is a semifinal, not last 16. There was no luck in the draw. 

"Everyone knows that Madrid has the DNA of victory and more in this competition. Sooner or later, PSG will win the Champions League.

"But Madrid will show their best in the Champions League because, as I said, they have the DNA of the victories, especially in the Champions League. PSG is more favored, but I am sure that Real will show their best."

Real Madrid will host the first leg of the tie on Wednesday before the Parc des Princes stages the second leg on March 6. 

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