PSV coach Van Bommel admits making Messi request of his players

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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.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. His father revealed to ESPN at the time that there had been an approach from Barca and Lozano confirmed that on Monday.

"I don't think PSV are one of the softest opponents; I think they're a good team that attacks well, plays together and has players that can unbalance you", he said.

Gameday 1 marked the long-awaited return of proper Champions League soccer, and it nearly looked like Messi and Co. never left. Then a dream would come true.

"Thanks to God I'm able to".

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"Playing at Camp Nou is a dream of mine, and we'll have to deliver our best effort in order to try winning it. Barça being keen on me last summer?" I had a number of posters on my bedroom wall growing up, one of them was a Barcelona poster.

Barcelona's talisman is one of the best free-kick takers in the world, and he's delivered once again with an absolutely stunning strike against PSV.

'That is part of being a professional, to always be concentrating. For me, this is the most important game of my career at club level.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first of his three goals.

Van Bommel, who was No.2 to Bert van Marwijk with Australia at the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants his Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League campaign facing the player he called the best in the world.