Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona thrash PSV in Champions League

Coutinho, who has not featured regularly from the start for Barca, has now claimed that being compared to the 2010 FIFA World Cup victor is "tough".

Barcelona lost to Roma in the quarterfinals of the tournament, blowing a 4-1 aggregate lead from the first leg. Lionel Messi & Co. are coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad in a La Liga match Saturday and will look to get their Champions League campaign started on the right foot in what is a treacherous group.

Ernesto Valverde's team predictably dominated the opening 30 minutes, but PSV looked unsafe on the counter-attack with Steven Bergwijn curling a shot just wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's goal and Hirving Lozano missing one from distance after a speedy run down the right flank.

Lozano, 23, will be part of the PSV side which takes on Barca at Camp Nou when the Champions League returns on Tuesday.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi reportedly told the club to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

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You would think after a stunning debut season for PSV Eindhoven and a highly impressive World Cup, in which he scored Mexico's winning goal against Germany, that Hirving Lozano could not do much more to enhance his reputation in 2018.

Indeed, Van Bommel has ordered them not to request Messi's shirt during the game.

"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?"

Van Bommel wants the Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League season facing the player he called the best in the world. For me, this is the most important game of my career at club level.

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