According to goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Paris Saint-Germain is inspired in their search to win the first Champions League title.
In each of the last eight editions of the tournament, the Ligue 1 champions have reached the knockout stage, but have struggled to progress beyond the quarter-finals.
Their string of defeats includes Barcelona’s stunning 6-5 aggregate defeat in 2017 and their 2019 exit to Manchester United despite being 3-1 up with an hour to play.
Having advanced past Borussia Dortmund to reach the 2019-20 Champions League quarter-finals, Navas feels that PSG is prepared to contest the ultimate prize.
“I know it is challenging, but it’s not impossible. And we’re ready to compete in this contest,” Navas told the official website of PSG.
Since the second leg home victory against Dortmund at Parc des Princes on March 11, PSG hasn’t played a match.
With the season of the Ligue 1 canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, PSG has been awarded the domestic championship-their seventh league title over the last eight seasons.
Navas admitted the football break will probably see the players rusty when they return, but he had worked harder than ever to get back stronger and avoid injury.
“We’ll take some time to pick up the pace because we’re all physically strong. We, the goalkeepers, have a particular task. But as soon as possible, if the physical fitness is strong, it will allow me to become a cat on my target line,” Navas said.
The new season for the Ligue 2 will begin in mid-August with the dates mooted likely to be the 22nd or 23rd of that month.