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PSG star reacts to Man United rematch after Champions League draw

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Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos has opened up on facing Manchester United for the first time since their controversial elimination in 2018.

United turned around a two-goal first-leg deficit to win 3-1 at the Parc des Princes and progress to the quarter-finals on away goals.

The decisive goal came from the penalty spot in the dying seconds of the game, with Pascal Kimpembe penalised for handball by VAR, and Marcus Rashford smashing home the penalty to send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side through.

The two teams were drawn together in Group H for the 2020/21 Champions League group stage, alongside RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.

That will see United return to Paris, bringing back memories of a huge night for Solskjaer in his audition to land the job permanently.

Reflecting on a reunion with United, Marquinhos admitted that their last encounter could add extra motivation for PSG.

He told RMC Sport following the draw: “These are teams that we faced not so long ago.

“They are very good teams. It’s not an easy group. It will take good things to pass.

“A spirit of revenge against Man United? Everyone has a way of separating. A lot has happened since our elimination from Manchester two years ago.

“But if taking it as a rematch can motivate us to play a good game, then that’s okay.”

On PSG’s chance of going one step better and winning the competition, he added: “A very strong group, I think. Perhaps the most spicy of all. But we are ready,” he added.

“We have already had a good Champions League. It will be challenging against Leipzig and Man United that we know well.

“And new with Basaksehir, it’s never easy to play in Turkey. If we are ready to do the same thing again? We had a very good Final eight, but we lost the final. This is the feeling we have left.

“There is a feeling of revenge. We want to show everyone to fight again for this Champions League. But, this group of the first round is very strong. If we miss out on a game, we can be eliminated.

“It will be necessary to be attentive. It will be necessary to prepare all the matches like finals. Error is prohibited. Everyone dreams of winning this Champions League.

“We have to play with optimism and the conviction that we are going to win it, but we cannot pretend to do so. I think we’ve lost some important players, but it’s also an opportunity for other players to step forward and play at the same level as those who left.”

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