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PSG's Maxwell: Tito Vilanova helped me tremendously at Barcelona

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell has spoken of the respect he has for Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova ahead of facing his former club in the Champions League this evening.

The Brazilian wing-back spent nearly three years in Catalunya when the current Barca boss was assistant to Pep Guardiola.

Maxwell, who moved to PSG for €3.5 million in January 2012, has spoken warmly about Vilanova, who will make his return to the dugout this evening after spending two months in New York for cancer treatment.

The 31-year-old told TV3: "Tito is a coach and a person who has helped me tremendously.

"I have enormous respect for him and it will be very nice to see him here in Paris."

Les Parisiens are relative newcomers to the latter stages of the rebranded Champions League, having not featured in the last eight since 1995, and the former Inter and Ajax defender suggests France's capital club is still in transition.

Maxwell added: "Many things are still changing. We have had a very irregular year.

"We will face an opponent who in recent years have been the best team in Europe and the world.

"They have spectacular players and i'll try to do my best to make life difficult for Barca."

The first leg of the quarter-final tie will kick-off at 19:45 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Source: Goal.com


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