Maxwell: "We'll try to be solid and not to give spaces to Messi"

The Brazilian will face his former mates again in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinals

Maxwell: "We'll try to be solid and not to give spaces to Messi"
Maxwell: "We'll try to be solid and not to give spaces to Messi"

The Brazilian will face his former mates again in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinals

This Wednesday Maxwell will face his former mates again in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinals between PSG and Barça. The Brazilian believes it will be very important to keep an eye on Messi and not to let him have spaces to be dangerous.

The former Barça player also talked about the fact that Ibrahimovic won't be able to play and about the evolution of Barça since the group stage.

Here you have his best statements:

Clash vs Barça

"We need to be strong in the back. We know Barça and we know we need a solid defense in order to avoid goals. The match vs Chelsea gave us a lot of confidence. We are better since January. We play well, with a lot of intensity and this allows us great results. It's a fantastic moment for us."

"We need to take the chance to play the first leg home. We know here we are strong. We like possession. But in the opposite field we'll find a really strong team. We'll have to do our best. I hope a lot of people come and cheer us."

Ibrahimovic's abscense

"When Ibrahimovic is on the field we have more chances to have the ball thanks to his physical conditions. Barça like to have possession, so we'll have to be strong in the back and accurate when attacking."

Barça's game

“Barça always have the same philosophy but they evolved since the group stage. But so did us. We'll give everything to be in the semifinals."

Messi

"Messi is the strongest player in the world and it's complicated to stop him in the one on one. We'll try to be solid and not to concede spaces to Messi, Neymar, Suárez, or the others."

Marquinhos

“I'm impressed with him. He is young but with a strong personality. He is doing a great season and he is learning a lot. What surprises me the most is his personality."