Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick as Barcelona kickstarted their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win at home to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday although they had defender Samuel Umtiti sent off in the second half.
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. "He is the best player in the world, [the best] in the history of the game".
Despite Real Madrid dominating the competition for the past three years, the exits of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer may stop them from winning it for a fourth consecutive season.
Briefly teammates with Messi at Barcelona between 2005-06, Van Bommel didn't hold back in Monday's news conference. One thing is for sure, the race and drama over who will get Messi's shirt promises to be must-see TV!
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said PSV, on paper no match for his side, deserved respect.
"Barcelona fight for all the competitions but the Champions League is the biggest and we are going to go for it".
Dembele would double the hosts' lead in the 74th minute, scoring on a brilliant individual play. He scored five goals and assisted two as part of a red-hot Liverpool attack in the group stages last season, so he will be hoping to continue that form on this season.