Lionel Messi: Barcelona can't win Champions League playing like we were

Lionel Messi: Barcelona can't win Champions League playing like we were

- Lionel Messi wants his teammates to improve their games for them to win Champions League

- The Argentine added that he is lucky playing in the competition every year with Barcelona

- Barcelona are up against Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 encounter

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has urged his teammates at the Camp Nou to improve their games so as for the Catalans to win the Champions League this season when competitions resume.

All football activities in Europe have been suspended because of the trouble and threat coronavirus has been causing in the whole world.

Lionel Messi and his other teammates have resumed individual training ahead of possible resumption of the Spanish La Liga season next month.

While speaking with Sport, Lionel Messi was more concerned about the Champions League as he wants his teammates to have the same feelings like him on the competition.

Fans at the Camp Nou are still not happy with the ways Barcelona crashed out in the Champions League in the last two seasons against Roma and Liverpool.

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Last term's elimination came as a great shock to them considering how they took a 3-0 lead to England where they suffered 4-0 defeat in the second leg against Liverpool.

Liverpool went on to win the Champions League last season beating fellow Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the final.

"I never doubted the squad we have and I have no doubt that we can win all that remains, but not by playing in the way we were playing.

"Now, everyone has their opinion and they are all very respectable. Mine is based on the fact that I was lucky to play the Champions League every year and I know that it is not possible to win it by playing as we have been playing,'' Lionel Messi explained.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona forced Napoli to 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 last February as they await the return tie at the Camp Nou.

Earlier, had reported how Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that he admires the tough rivalry between him and Lionel Messi claiming that the Argentine has pushed him to improve his game.

For more than ten years now, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been involved in serious rivalry most especially during when the Portuguese was playing for Real Madrid.

They have both won the Champions League and many other big titles with only the World Cup crown still missing in their cupboards.

Fans of these two players are also always involved in rivalry as they do compare them together with pundits also not left out of the topic.

Lionel Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards in his career so far, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been decorated five times.

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