“I couldn’t have scripted two better games for the build-up to PSG. Not just because of the goals but because of how we got them,” Luis Enrique said after his Barcelona side demolished Celta Vigo 5-0 on Saturday following their 6-1 thrashing of Sporting Gijon in the previous match.
Lionel Messi was been imperious in both after he and his teammates’ limp performance led to the heavy defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League almost three weeks ago.
PSG arrive to the Camp Nou on Wednesday and with Barça in rich goalscoring form there is a genuine belief that they can pull off the most incredible of comebacks.
Enrique issued his rallying cry: “This game was a huge boost for us. Against PSG we will have the chance to get back into the tie, and we’ll keep going until the very last breath. Our challenge is to show that we can be better than PSG. It will be difficult, but I have indestructible faith that we can play great and get right back into contention.”
Lionel Messi’s game by numbers vs. Celta Vigo:
100% take-ons completed
4 chances created
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Messi opened the scoring against Celta after 24 minutes with a goal so effortlessly routine for him but for almost any other player it would be a career-highlight golazo. Turning his marker close to half way, skipping away from two challenges before accurately bending the ball into the bottom corner, it was vintage Messi.
Before half time, the Argentinian turned provider and slipped in Neymar for an outrageous second and after the break, continued to torment the visitors’ defence.
Ivan Rakitic made it three, Messi crossed for Samuel Umtiti to slide in number four and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner cut inside a couple more defenders onto his trusty left foot to rifle in the fifth.
Reversing the 4-0 scoreline against PSG is a big ask but if Barcelona are to produce the unbelievable, Messi will have to produce one of his greatest performances.