Barcelona v FC Viktoria Plzen: Match preview

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Barcelona v FC Viktoria Plzen;
Champions League;
Camp Nou;
Wed, 19th Oct; 1945 KO

Team news

Carles Puyol and Eric Adibal are not fully match fit after suffering injuries, while Cesc Fabregas are Xavi Hernandez are also out of contention. Iniesta looks likely to play, while David Villa is uncertain. Alexis Sanchez is also unable to play.

Roman Pavlik is unavailable for Viktoria Plzen with a knee injury, while Vaclav Pilar is in doubt after sustaining a concussion on international duty.

Messi won’t underestimate opponents

Lionel Messi says he won’t be expecting an easy match tonight when Barcelona take on Viktoria Plzen, with the midfielder insisting that the Czech side will challenge the Catalan giants in the Champions League group stages.

Barcelona currently sit second in the Group H table, and are hoping to gain three points and overtake leaders AC Milan tonight.


And while Barca are overwhelming favourites to win the tie with Plzen, Messi is wary of the opposition creating chances.

“In the Champions League, there are no easy teams, regardless of where they come from,” he said.

“They had a good match against AC Milan [despite a 2-0 loss], creating chances. We will go out playing as usual, respecting our opponent.”

Messi has scored 129 goals in 151 league appearances for Barca, and has been the top scorer in the Champions League for three consecutive years.

But the superstar still wants to achieve more, and insists that there can never be enough trophies in the Camp Nou cabinet.

“I want to win titles, because this is what makes us become part of history,” he explained.

“The more goals I score, the better, not to break the record, but to help the team. We have already made history, but we want to make more.”

Messi also dismissed claims that he compares himself to Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, telling reporters: “I have no duel with Cristiano Ronaldo.

“The only thing I want to do is help my team do things well. I have never watched Cristiano to compare myself with him or to do things better than him.”

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