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Rolfes relishing PSG challenge

16 December 2013 15:39

Bayer Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes is relishing the challenge of facing Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Sami Hyypia's side, who qualified for the last 16 by beating Real Sociedad in their final Group A game, will host the Ligue 1 champions at the BayArena before taking the trip to the Parc des Princes for the second leg.

The German side have not reached the quarter-finals since their run to the final in 2001-02, and will be underdogs for their meeting with a PSG side that cruised through Group C to qualify for the knock-out stages for the second straight season.

But, while Rolfes concedes it is a difficult draw, the 31-year-old is looking forward to locking horns with Laurent Blanc's men.

"There simply weren't any easy draws left today," Rolfes said.

"Every team that we could have drawn was a top European side and in the end we were drawn with Paris.

"It's a great challenge for us, which we will happily accept."

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller is hopeful that the Bundesliga club can spring a surprise, despite PSG's impressive array of talent.

"There is a small chance for us in this contest and we plan to seize it," Voller explained.

"(Zlatan) Ibrahimovic is obviously their stand-out player, but with (Edinson) Cavani, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi and Thiago Silva, they have plenty of other world-class players."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
18 February 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
0 - 4
On aggregate
1 - 6
Venue
BayArena (Leverkusen)
Attendance
29412

Goals

0 - 1
3' B. Matuidi
 (assist by M. Verratti)
0 - 2
0 - 3
42' Z. Ibrahimovic
 (assist by B. Matuidi)
0 - 4
88' Y. Cabaye
 (assist by Lucas Moura)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
14 15'
5 38' 59'
21
20 48'
6
18
8
27 58'
11
7
Coach: S. Hyypiä
# Player Bookings
30
13
17
2
23
14 3' 4'
8
24
29
10 39' 42'
22
Coach: L. Blanc

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
3
19
4
13
15
17
22
# Player Bookings
4 88'
27
1
5
7
21
25

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