World news – Champions League: « Nothing is impossible » against Paris Saint-Germain, says Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman – Sports News, Firstpost


Koeman believe his team can repeat 2017’s « Remontada » when they overcame a 4-0 loss to PSG with a staggering 6-1 win

Ronald Koeman has seen Barcelona’s results improve in the PSG game. AP

Ronald Koeman insists that Barcelona can make another incredible comeback against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, especially when Lionel Messi is at his most sensational.

Barca won last month’s Champions League first leg in beaten 4-1 last month but Koeman believes his team can repeat the 2017 Remontada when they overcame a 4-0 loss to PSG with an astonishing 6-1 win.

« There is always. » a chance, « Koeman said at a press conference on Tuesday. « It depends on how we start the game, what energy we put in to make life difficult for them and how ruthless we are.

 » They were ruthless in the first leg but we always create opportunities. So if we can be completely ruthless, nothing is impossible. « 

PSG will do without Neymar again in Paris after the club confirmed that he still has a hamstring injury.

 » Neymar is one the best player in the world, « said Barca midfielder Frenkie de Jong. » Of course, if he’s not in front of you, it’s easier. « 

Although Messi scored a penalty in the first game at Camp Nou, he was struck by a feat overshadowed by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, who tore Barcelona apart with a stunning hat-trick.

But Messi has been in good shape with seven goals in his last seven games and Koeman believes his captain can do something special to make the tie « If Leo can play one of his best games, anything is possible, » said Koeman. « He’s the type of player who can decide a game at any time. »

Messi was in the spotlight this week after Joan Laport a won the club elections to return as president on Sunday.

Laporta oversaw Messi’s breakthrough at Barca during his first term and was optimistic about persuading the 33-year-old to stay.

« The new president has a positive story with Leo and other players on the team, « said Koeman. « I don’t know if it will change anything for Leo, because only he can decide his future. » But of course everyone at Barca wants him to stay with us.

« The president won the elections by a margin, and It is good for the club to have a leader to work on improving the future of this club. « 

Laporta also met with Koeman on Monday amid an uncertain future for the Barcelona coach amid regime change.

« I know him, we’ve met a few times in the past, » Koeman said. « It all depends on the results, but things have gone well so far. He said a few words to the players and staff and it gave a good feeling. »

Koeman will have yet another problem in central defense against PSG have to solve. Ronald Araujo left the squad on Tuesday due to another ankle injury. Gerard Pique is also out with a knee problem.

« We forced Ronald’s comeback a little and in the end he didn’t feel well, » said Koeman. « If all goes well, he can be available on Monday (against Huesca). »

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