PSV winger Hirving Lozano may one day line-up with the Argentine at Barcelona, having revealed the Catalan side was interested in signing him in the off-season after he impressed for Mexico at the World Cup. And this surprising statistic has left many scratching their heads including Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, who could not explain Messi's drought in the Champions League.
"It will be a dream come true for me when I grace the pitch at the Camp Nou".
Lozano, 23, will be part of the PSV side which takes on Barca at Camp Nou when the Champions League returns on Tuesday.More news: WKYT to hold 'Kentucky Cares' relief drive for Hurricane Florence victims
Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho played down comparisons between himself and club legend Andres Iniesta on the eve of Tuesday Champions League clash with PSV.
Even when Barcelona don't play like the top team that they are, the threat that Lionel Messi poses can never be overlooked.
"I did well at the World Club, which meant a lot of teams came to see me [play], which was nice", he said in a news conference, reiterating what he'd previously told ESPN Deportes. My agent told me there was interest from Barcelona.More news: Marvel’s Spider-Man Photo Mode lets you create your own comic covers
Indeed, Van Bommel has ordered them not to request Messi's shirt during the game.
"It's an important game for me and I want to make the most of it".
"Messi, like all of us, is really motivated to win big things [this season] and the Champions League is one of them". Him and Ousmane Dembele have settled into the squad, so they should ensure there isn't as much reliance on Messi to produce moments of individual brilliance.More news: Apple AirPower still overheating, may be "doomed to failure"