Champions League: Messi hat-trick fires Barca to victory over PSV

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi gestures during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian northern Spain Saturday Sept. 15 2018

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The mood was briefly dampened when France defender Umtiti was dismissed in the 79th minute for a second yellow card, ruling him out of Barca's next Champions League game away to Tottenham Hotspur on October 3.

"It will be a dream come true for me when I grace the pitch at the Camp Nou".

To add more weight to the rumours, the Manchester United target has also added that Barcelona were keen on signing him this past summer, and were in talks with his agent. He is yet to hit top gear for the season, but will mostly start against Barcelona's Dutch opponents on Tuesday. "I never thought I would".

"Barcelona fight for all the competitions but the Champions League is the biggest and we are going to go for it". It's an important game for me and I want to take advantage of it.

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.

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"If tomorrow we get a good result I don't care if they fight for Messi's shirt", said the 41-year-old coach ahead of Tuesday's match with the Spanish champions.

'That is part of being a professional, to always be concentrating.

Competition favourites Barcelona have kicked off their Champions League campaign in emphatic style by seeing off PSV 4-0 at Camp Nou, courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick.

Van Bommel, who was No.2 to Bert van Marwijk with Australia at the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants his Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League campaign facing the player he called the best in the world.

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