Paris Saint-Germain will get a clearer idea of how far their ambition can really take them this season when they host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.
PSG have made world headlines for a huge spending spree which has helped them sign the likes of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, center-half Thiago Silva and highly-rated Brazil winger Lucas, but they are yet to face a team anywhere near as good as four-time European champion Barcelona.
Beating Barca would send out a message of a different kind: that PSG can compete with the best in Europe.
But to do that, Carlo Ancelotti's team has to find a way to keep Lionel Messi quiet. He already has 56 goals this season, nearly twice as many as Ibrahimovic.