Lionel Messi has vowed to do all he can to pull off the impossible and overturn Bayern Munich’s four-goal advantage in the Champions League semi-final.
The Camp Nou club were battered 4-0 in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday in the first leg, which was their heaviest defeat in Europe for 16 years.
No side has ever successfully come back from a 4-0 deficit in a Champions League knockout stage tie, so the Argentine and his teammates will be making history if they pull it off.
Messi has already inspired a second leg comeback in the Champions League this season, when he orchestrated Barcelona’s 4-0 demolition of AC Milan after losing 2-0 in the first leg in the San Siro.
Although that performance will likely bring them some encouragement, Bayern pose a far more daunting task to the Italians.
Jupp Heynckes’ side physically dominant in the match and got their tactics just right – the Catalans will also be worried about how effectively they approached the Lionel Messi problem.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner was anonymous for much of the game, which many attributed to him only just coming back from a hamstring injury.
Despite such a bleak outlook, Messi was not about to give up on the tie just yet and understated the enormity of the task the Blaugrana had in front of them by calling it “complicated”.
“The comeback is very complicated. Bayern are a very good team, but we'll try,” he is reported as saying in The Independent.
Messi was also full of praise for his side’s conquerors, claiming they fully deserved to win by such a huge scoreline.
"They were better than us, they were much stronger. They were superior in everything,” he added.