It was certainly at odds with the more circumspect message being preached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Manchester United manager weighed up the threat Messi and Barcelona pose to his side at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The encounter with Manchester United will be special for Gerard Pique because of his time in England: "It's a special game and I went from being a kid to an adult here".
"Here [at Old Trafford], I think PSG played better and in the second half they scored and they could have scored some goals."
Pique put United's tie with PSG as an example and a warning for Barcelona: "You can not let United stay alive in the tie because they have a great team and a great history".
"I believe they could win the other three trophies but, on top of everything else, the Champions League could be too much for them".
The draw for the last eight was not kind to United, handing them a two-legged tie against Barca. "When you come here you see that everything is the same, but I am coming back wearing my favourite shirt and I have great respect for Manchester United", stressed the Barca player. I lived here on my own and you learn a lot that way.
"After the PSG game, we know that we can go away to the big teams and get results. It's a special game for me". Again, there is no easy option there, so it is definitely going to be the hardest competition for them to win.
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"I was 17, very young and he was one of the veterans and, for sure, he helped me a lot to adapt to the club, to the country, to the city".
Over two legs, though, United are on a prayer and I doubt that even die-hard supporters expect them to progress.
As mentioned, Pogba has tasted one Champions League final to date. "They have some fast players and they can make us suffer in certain areas".
"To compare the titles won is something for you all to do". Barca enters as the favorite as it continues to dominate most matches, while United has stumbled a bit as of late in the Premier League and looks to bounce back.
"There is a lot of excitement, not pressure".