Mark van Bommel wants his PSV players to stay professional against Barcelona

Arnold Nichols
September 19, 2018

Whilst there has been some fair criticism of Barcelona's inability to build a Champions League-winning system around Lionel Messi as Real Madrid have taken an iron grip of the competition over the past three years, the Argentine is obsessed with the tournament from now on.

PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel says his players can fight it out for Barcelona star Lionel Messi's shirt if they win at the Nou Camp on Tuesday as this season's Champions League begins.

Going into tonight's game, Messi was tied with Ronaldo on seven UCL hat-tricks but he's moved ahead after doing the business tonight. Both Gaston Pereiro and Steven Bergwijn fired just wide, while at the other end, Barcelona dominated possession but were restricted to only a few chances. The full-time whistle of PSV's game at Camp Nou could result in a different kind of "fight" altogether.

Lozano has seen his stock skyrocket since his exploits at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he was one of the best young players in action.

Barcelona's talisman is one of the best free-kick takers in the world, and he's delivered once again with an absolutely stunning strike against PSV. He swung the ball over the wall, past goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and into the top corner from outside 25 yards.

Everton have been heavily linked with PSV's Eredivisie champion Hirving Lozano but La Liga champions Barcelona are keen, too.

All the giants in European football do battle today and tomorrow as the group stages of the UEFA Champions League kick off.

Ousmane Dembele notched a second with a sublime goal before Messi struck in the 77th and 88th minute for a record-breaking eighth Champions League hat-trick.

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