Rai: 'Matches to write history'
Rai, what does it mean to you to come back here to Paris?
"Paris has a special place in my heart. It's always great for me to come back here. It brings back lots of good memories. It's also an opportunity to meet the new generation of players at the club. The team in which I played in Paris made its mark on the club's history, and I'm sure this current team will do the game. Above and beyond the players, it seems to me the whole club, like having Maxwell in the club's behind-the-scenes set-up, is reach to achieve historic successes."
Are you surprised to see the tradition linking Brazil and the Club continue up to the present day?
"I'm very proud to be among the Brazilian players to have played here, like Valdo and Ricardo who played alongside me. This tradition between Paris and Brazil still exists today thanks to some great representatives. I know the fans like that connection."
Is the Club as followed as always in Brazil?
"Paris Saint-Germain is actually followed more and more in Brazil. The number of fans is growing all the time. People watch games, especially to see Neymar and the other Brazil internationals."
You played some great European games with Paris. What do you think of the game with Madrid on Wednesday?
"They are very big games. The big teams are becoming stronger and stronger. It's the kind of match to write history in. This encounter between Real Madrid, the double defending European champions, and Paris, who are hoping to win the competition, is going to be a great show."
And your prediction?
"No, I don't like doing that [laughs]. The most important thing is that Paris qualify in three weeks' time and go all the way in the Champions League."