‘It’s Going to Be a Tough Game’ — Pereira Looks Ahead to PSG’s Champions League Fixture Against Basaksehir

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Danilo Pereira has accommodated well to his new run with the club. PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has provided the Portuguese midfielder with key starts in UEFA Champions League and Ligue 1 play.

Pereira spoke to PSG TV about his early time with the club and his ambition to taking on the key games in the schedule.

“I’m delighted to be able to take on the challenge,” Pereira said. “I love playing in big games and fighting hard to win them. Playing at the top level really helps a lot and I feel like I can now play here in Paris where you have to win every game both in the league and in the Champions League. It’s a really exciting challenge.”

Pereira and his PSG side are just days removed from a key 3-1 Champions League group stage win over Manchester United. The Portuguese midfielder started and played a key role in helping his team pick up all three points in the win. It was a win that was much-needed for the team.

“We played brilliantly,” Pereira said. “We came to win because we had to. After the game the atmosphere in the dressing room was fantastic. We really needed that win to gain some confidence and we’re delighted to have been able to do so.”

PSG now turns to the home Champions League group stage fixture against Istanbul Basaksehir. A win for PSG will clinch the team Champions League Group H. Pereira spoke about the mentality heading into the potential season-defining game.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” Pereira said. “We saw that anything can happen at any time against Leipzig. We know it’ll be difficult, but we are Paris Saint-Germain and we’re going to fight until the end to qualify for the Round of 16.”

Pereira has started in all five of PSG’s Champions League group stage fixtures so far this season.

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