David Luiz delighted with PSG's battling victory over Barcelona

BY foxsports • October 1, 2014

David Luiz believes "the real Paris Saint-Germain" revealed themselves during Tuesday's historic Champions League victory over Barcelona.

The capital club shrugged off the absence of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic - a former Barca player - to win 3-2 at the Parc des Princes as goals from Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi sent the Catalans packing.

Lionel Messi and Neymar did respond for Barca, but Luis Enrique's men could not do enough to stop PSG replacing them at the top of Group F.

Brazilian defender Luiz told PSG's official website: "It was a great night with a great atmosphere, worthy of the Champions League. The team was excellent this evening.

"We hadn't been playing our best recently, but tonight we saw the real Paris St Germain. It was a fantastic night."

The former Chelsea centre-back opened the scoring after 10 minutes after converting Lucas Moura's free-kick.

"My goal? It was incredible for me," added Luiz. "It was a dream come true to score for Paris St Germain. But it's only the beginning, we need to keep working hard."

The Parisians are unbeaten in Ligue 1 but five draws have restricted them to fourth place.

Yet head coach Laurent Blanc is now reassured of his team's commitment to winning multiple prizes this season.

"It was a great match, a great win," he said. "We needed the points. We enjoyed a great moment this evening.

"The players were more focused and motivated than usual. All the ingredients were there for a great performance, but we still had to go out there and do it.

"I was convinced the team hadn't lost all its virtues. The most important thing for me tonight was showing that we are still a team."

Nasser Al Khelaifi, the club's Qatari president, added: "I am very happy, very proud, of the team, the coach and the supporters.

"For me, this is the best victory of my life. We deserved it. The coach and the players did everything to get the win.

"We have had some tough weeks, with a lot of draws and we really wanted this victory. We woke up this evening."


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