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Petit: Barcelona are 'unbeatable'

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes Paris Saint-Germain have little chance of a positive result against La Liga front-runners Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 outfit take on Barcelona in their first leg quarter final Champions League tie in Paris tonight, but the 1998 World Cup winner feels the new French powerhouse stand no hope of reaching the next phase of the competition.

The former France international has declared there is a slim chance of the Ligue 1 leaders springing a surprise against the Catalan giants, who he has described as 'unbeatable'.

Petit, who played for Barcelona in the early 2000s, believes PSG do not have the defensive qualities to stop the Spanish club, comparing the French team to others such as Inter Milan, AC Milan and Chelsea.

Barcelona overcame a 2-0 first leg defeat against Milan in the last round with a 4-0 home win and the Frenchman believes that their ability to step up when it matters will be the difference.

"On the pitch, Barcelona are unbeatable," Petit was quoted as saying by RMC Sport.

"Do Paris Saint-Germain have the ability to sit deep and defend as a block, like Inter, AC Milan and Chelsea have done over the years? Will we see Zlatan Ibrahimovic fight for the ball near his own corner flag like [Didier] Drogba? 

"I do not think so. Barcelona might no longer have the same vibe from before, but they are all champions who step up when it matters most. Just look at what they did against Milan."

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