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Maxwell ready for Barcelona reunion

Maxwell anticipates a "special fixture" when Paris Saint-Germain host his old club FC Barcelona although his focus is on earning three valuable Group F points.

Paris's Brazilian international full-back Maxwell discusses his old team Barcelona
Paris's Brazilian international full-back Maxwell discusses his old team Barcelona ©AFP/Getty Images

Facing Barcelona, where he played between 2009 and 2011
Playing Barcelona is always a special fixture for me – especially in a competition as prestigious as the [UEFA] Champions League. I have a lot of friends there, a lot of people who were very important in my career. But we'll leave all that behind when we walk onto the pitch.

How Paris will cope with the twin threat of Neymar and Lionel Messi
Neymar? It's very difficult to play against a player of his quality, and that's even more true now as he combines perfectly with Messi. We defenders will have to keep a sharp eye on those two, but of course we should not focus only on them as there's a lot of talent in that team.

The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimović due to a heel injury
It pained Zlatan to confirm he was out for this game, not only because we both played at Barcelona, but because the team need him and he's not ready. We'll have to do without him and expect his return later on.

Paris's run of four draws and one win in their last five games
I think our relatively slow start to the season is, in part, due to the fact so many of us played at the [FIFA] World Cup. But we're working hard with the staff to catch up and we hope tomorrow we can prove we're back.

How Barcelona can be beaten
We'll try to play our own game and make them run without the ball, although we know it'll be hard as they play with a lot of intensity. To win such a game, we'll have to give our all. We are not targeting a draw: an ambitious club like Paris always aim for victory, which is all the more important given we dropped two points at Ajax in the first game.

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