Messi Makes Huge Champions League Claim Ahead of PSG’s Last 16 Clash Against Bayern Munich

Messi Makes Huge Champions League Claim Ahead of PSG’s Last 16 Clash Against Bayern Munich

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 7, 2023 at 9:27 AM
  • Lionel Messi believes Paris Saint-Germain still stand a chance of winning the Champions League this season
  • PSG currently trail Bayern Munich 1-0 in the round of 16 after losing to the Bavarians in the first leg in Paris
  • Both Bayern Munich and PSG will meet again for the second leg on Wednesday, March 8 at the Allianz Arena

Lionel Messi has insisted Paris Saint-Germain will push Bayern Munich all the way in an effort to finally claim the crown as kings of Europe, by winning the UEFA Champions League.

PSG are yet to win the prestigious European competition and are on the verge of being eliminated in the round of 16 for the second consecutive season after losing 1-0 to the Bavarians in the first leg.

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Lionel Messi is confident Paris Saint-Germain can still knock out Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16. Photo by Christian Liewig.
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According to the Daily Mirror, Messi believes PSG is capable of turning their fortunes around as everyone’s focus at the club is to win the Champions League.

"That's everyone's goal. It's important to go into the game in this frame of mind. We're going to Munich, where it's going to be a very tough match, just like the first one."

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Messi added everything would be decided by the smaller details, adding it would be difficult to win at Bayern's home ground.

"But I think that if we do things right, we are capable of turning things around. We want to continue our journey in the Champions League. And that's what we will try to do."

PSG will need to overturn their 1-0 deficit against Bayern Munich when the Bavarians host the Parisians at the Allianz Arena on March 8.

Messi hails PSG teammate Mbappe

Meanwhile, Messi has praised his PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappe for his World Cup final hat-trick in what he called a 'breathtaking contest', Goal reports.

The Argentine said it was crazy to score three goals in a World Cup final and not be crowned champion, paying respect to the 24-year-old France forward.

Mbappe's Les Bleus lost to Messi's Argentina on penalties after the latter scored a hat-trick in one of the greatest World Cup performances of all-time.

Messi pledges future to PSG

Sports Brief also reported on Messi apparently lifting the lid on his future after being linked with a move away from PSG for most of the season.

The 35-year-old forward’s current deal expires in the summer and he has been linked with a return to Barcelona or Inter Miami as a free agent.

Messi has now emphatically committed his future to the Ligue 1 champions, by insisting he is keen to win more titles in the French capital.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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