Frenkie De Jong: Laporta's wished us luck, we're going to Paris to compete

Barça have to turn around a 4-1 first leg defeat against PSG on Wednesday

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Jordi Carné

Barcelona players know coming back against Paris Saint-Germain will be difficult, more than a miracle, but not impossible. Nothing is. Frenkie de Jong made it clear that the team travel to Paris, 4-1 down from the first leg, with the objective of reaching the last eight of the Champions League.

"We want to go to Paris to compete," he said. "Of course we believe it's possible. We have to have to believe in our chances and show what we can do. After that, we will see what happens."

De Jong, the most used player by coach Ronald Koeman this season, also celebrated the team's good form, although he added that the players "have always been really united."

He added: "That's allowed us to get some good results recently .We're in the final of the Copa and we want to win it. Against Sevilla, we showed we're together. In the league, in 2021, we're better."

Asked about the first leg defeat to Paris, the black mark on Barça's recent improvements, the Dutchman said "I don't know if 1-4 was fair, but it's clear we didn't play well."

He also spoke about: Neymar's absence: "For me, Neymar is one of the best in the world and when he's not available it's, for us, better, easier. I don't know how to say it. If he's not there, for the team playing against (PSG) it's easier."  

Joan Laporta: "We're happy that there's a president now, that's important for the club. I don't know him personally, I didn't speak with him, but I am sure I will in the future and we're happy to have a president again. 

"[Laporta] said lots of luck to the team, we're going there to compete and that was it."  

Ilaix Moriba: "I am not very surprised because I see him in training and can see he has a lot of quality. He's very young, but will keep working and improving and he has a big future here."  

Comeback: "I think you should always believe, it starts with belief, so we believe we can come back. We have to show it tomorrow, we will see how it goes tomorrow but we always have belief that we can come back from behind, for sure."

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