PSG stronger than Real Madrid, says Shakhtar coach

AFP| Updated: Sep 30, 2015, 00:08 AM IST
PSG stronger than Real Madrid, says Shakhtar coach

A day ahead of hosting Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu said the Qatar-backed outfit were even stronger than Real Madrid right now.

"We have every chance because we`re playing at our place but Paris are just incredible. They are rolling in cash and have the best players and talent such as Marco Verratti," said the Romanian.

"They are well financed and well organised. They have lost in three quarter-finals but this time out they`ll go further. Even the very biggest clubs will struggle against them."

The match will take place in Lviv due to the conflict in Ukraine and Lucescu while lamenting playing all matches away from home had one positive thing to look forward to.

"At least for the Champions League games we can count on support from the Lviv fans," he said.

It`ll be a real test but a real show too."

Paris Saint Germain coach Laurent Blanc offered support for the suffering of the war but said his side may add to their pain.

"We`re going there to win a Champions League game, whatever the circumstances," said Blanc. 

"It`s difficult to talk about and I`m not fully informed. But I was over there during the Euros with France (as coach in 2012)."

Blanc also admired the Ukrainians style of football.

"They may have lost 4-0 at Real Madrid but they we`re 50-50 for possession and it was equal if the first half. They are a good team and we shall give them every respect."