Lionel Messi gives his prediction for Barcelona’s Champions League hopes


Many were surprised when Barcelona defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semifinals last season, as Messi and Co. proved they are far better than they were when they were knocked out by then-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s former club. No one thought the Citizens of Milan would become the latest victims of Barcelona’s little engine that could when they slipped past them in the round of 16, so people have been waiting to see what a repeat performance could mean. It looks like, at least in Messi’s opinion, that it could be even more miraculous than the first time around.

Speaking to CNN at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Messi was asked what the meaning of beating his former club on the biggest stage of the European competitions would be, considering both of their Champions League games this season are at home.

“If you say ‘win,’ I would say, the perfect season. I am not going to say anything else,” Messi said. “I think PSG is the perfect place to have this type of game, not going to say the perfect everything, but ‘perfect’ as we saw.”

Messi, who has to find the net at least once during Barcelona’s home games to keep it going on its unbeaten run in European competitions, also gave an idea of what he thought it would take to lift the UCL trophy at the Camp Nou again. “Our team is good enough to do it, but it’s going to depend on the individual part. I know when I was at the Camp Nou in my first and second season, it was more of a collective effort, and now I’m playing more alone,” he said. “I think we have the quality, but it’s going to depend on the decision of the manager as to who goes where. I’m happy with my teammates and with the managers we have.”

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