There were numerous former greats of the game in attendance at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday to watch the gala clash between Paris and Barcelona. Among them was Lothar Matthäus, and the 1990 Ballon d'Or couldn't hide his pleasure at the performance of Unai Emery's Paris Saint-Germain: "No-one imagined a result like this before the match, but I have to say that it is fully deserved. The team were better over 90 minutes; Paris were everywhere!"
For the ex-Mannschaft captain, this match earned a place among the greatest in the club's history: "I don't watch them play every weekend, but I think this was one of the best matches in the history of the club. What struck me was their spirit: they fought hard for one another for the full 90 minutes. Their runs, their passes… everything was excellent. I've never seen a side play so well in the midfield against Barcelona."
The former midfielder also had a few words for his compatriot Julian Draxler: "He has talent, that's obvious. In Germany, he was always seen as a young player with potential and everyone paid attention to him. Now he has left Germany and he will have to grow up on his own. He won't be pardoned for his errors any more, so he will have to show his worth. And that is exactly what he has done in recent weeks. He is a player who can make the difference in a match at the highest level."