PSG coach Ancelotti believes Porto are just as strong despite Hulk's departure
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has stated that he believes Porto are just as strong without striker Hulk, ahead of their Champions League clash this evening.
The Brazilian star signed a five-year contract with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg this summer, following a €50 million (£39.6 million) transfer from the Portuguese club.
Hulk scored 55 goals in 99 appearances for Porto before his move to the Petrovsky Stadium, but Ancelotti does not believe the Dragao outfit are weaker following the departure of the Seleção forward.
The former Chelsea boss said: "I do not think they have weakened with Hulk's departure.
"This is the team [Porto] that has the most experience in the group. It will be a good test in a stadium that is difficult to win at.
"The most important thing is to have the courage and personality to play football on a difficult context. We will have to defend well as Porto are strong in attack."
The game at the Estadio do Dragao this evening, between Group A's top two clubs, kicks off at 19:45 (BST).