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The match against PSG will be tough – Brown Ideye, Taye Taiwo
The Super Eagles duo of Brown Ideye and Taye Taiwo, who are both expected to line up against Paris Saint-Germain, in Tuesday’s Champions League game, have aired their thoughts about the game. Interestingly, both players, who now play for Dynamo Kiev, have featured against PSG, while plying their trade at Sochaux and Marseille respectively.
“[PSG] has a special place in French football. The club and the past represented the formidable force,” Ideye told his club’s official website. “Now, after a significant increase of [funding] the Parisians generally can count on a lot of things. But we believe in ourselves and we do not intend to give in.
“Parc Des Princes is a football arena with a unique aura. Playing in the French championship, I was just going out on the lawn of the stadium. To play on it is always a pleasure. I hope this will be the case this time.
Having said so, Ideye insists that the team spirit that saw them qualify for the group stage, will be required to take them far in the competition.
“We are fully able to get into the playoffs. In the group stage we got two complicated rivals,” he said. “So if we come together, we listen to the coach and play as a unit, we can leave the group.
Taiwo, who has faced PSG in feisty derbies in the past, knows what to expect. But he is confident they will weather the storm.
“It all depends on us. If we work hard, and everyone will go all out on the field, then I think we can, at least, overcome the group stage.
“This is a very good team. This season they have added several new artists of the highest level. I can highlight Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Alex.
“They also have a very experienced coach, so our confrontation with the Parisians is going to be difficult. But the team has to go on the field and give all the power to achieve a positive result.”