"The quality they have been building over the last few years and what they have done over the summer - bringing in Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe, who is an wonderful young striker - their focus clearly is on winning it".
However, the French side's superstars - and in particular their front three, christened the "MCN" in France - showed no signs of fear inside the intimidating atmosphere of Celtic Park as the gulf in class between the sides showed from the start.
"If we come out the traps a little bit more aggressive, that's the only way".
"We always have to be competitive and we weren't for that first period but the second half was much better and the supporters acknowledged that".
"The Champions League is not the only trophy we want to win - but it is a very important trophy". We have worked hard and we will have to work hard here.
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Celtic then cracked in the 19th minute as Adrien Rabiot's through ball fed Neymar, who got in behind teenage right-back Anthony Ralston and lifted his shot over Gordon from close range to score his first European goal for his new club.
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After those heroics, many expected the Blaugrana to go all the way to the final but they were ruthlessly dismantled by Juventus in the quarters.
Thiago Silva, PSG's captain and an worldwide team-mate of Neymar, emphasised the confidence that exists within Emery's squad.
Mbappe's desire to return "home" was crucial for PSG because according to al-Khelafi "every big club wanted him".
He said: "We certainly got two grenades this summer".
"They're trying to normalise it as quickly as possible because obviously that's a key thing", he said.
"We have that strength, we have the power - okay, there are areas where we could be stronger - but we are still set up to play this game to a very high level".
"These are the games where you get the chance to write your story that can be heard worldwide", Celtic's manager said. While they might struggle away from home, the Hoops have a knack for over-performing in Glasgow. "This is not a message for others, but for ourselves, to say that we are capable of a match like this".