Samir Nasri has tried playing mind games by suggesting that Paris St Germain are not the Barcelona of France despite their runaway success in the league title.
Many believe that PSG have one of the strongest squads in Europe and it has been a major reason in the club winning the league title with more than six matches remaining. However, Nasri says that he is will find it a lot tougher if the club was playing in the Premier League for instance because the French midfielder reckons that the competition is much tougher in England than in France.
Nasri knows the French league extremely well after having come through the ranks at Marseille. He had been linked with PSG when the club was just starting to get the huge amount of investment from the Middle East.PSG will be the opponents for Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals. City will be getting their first taste of this stage of the competition, whereas PSG will be looking to go one further by making an appearance in the semi-final or even win the title. City also have hopes of winning the title but they will be the second favourites going into the tie against PSG.
Nasri says that the French club will struggle against opposition like West Ham and Stoke City.”It’s true they have a big team, but I do not think they are above the others in England.There are no easy games in England, not one. I’d like to see Paris play a Monday night at Stoke, West Ham or at the Emirates against Arsenal.Today, the big four is no more. There are six or seven teams who can be champions. It’s harder. But this is Paris, not Barca. Yes, PSG are favourites because we have a lot of injuries. We will sadly not be complete [as a squad],” said Nasri.