Bayern Munich midfielder Alphonso Davies spoke to UEFA.com ahead of the Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona in Lisbon. The 19-year-old praised Lionel Messi and explained a funny dialogue between him and his father.
“My dad called me, and he was like: ‘So you’re playing against your favourite player, I see.’ And I went: ‘Yeah.’ And then we started laughing. We couldn’t even believe it, because he knows I looked up to Messi when I was younger.”, told Davies.
“I went to a football academy. So every Wednesday, we would watch games. It was amazing, and now being able to play in the Champions League, against one of my favourite players in the world [Messi], it’s incredible. Honestly, I’m lost for words – a dream come true.”, continued the Bayern midfielder.
Earlier, the Bayern Munich star explained that he takes the Argentine as an example: “My role model in the field is Lionel Messi. For many young footballers, he is now an idol himself, like Messi was for him.”, the Canadian told in a press conference in April.
The 19-year-old is really looking forward to play against his idol Lionel Messi tomorrow: “It’s going to be an incredible match. All I can say is that I’m excited to play this match and I’m sure everyone is excited to see it too.”
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.