Napoli forward Dries Mertens is convinced that his team can eliminate Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16. The Belgian explained Radio Kiss Kiss that “they just have to play their game”. Mertens believes that Napoli can knock-out Barcelona from the competition.
“Saturday we have an important game. We are confident, and anything can happen. Playing behind closed doors is weird, but we are already used to that.”
Mertens does not agree with his coach’s earlier words, in which the manager told that ‘Napoli has many problems’.
“We have to go there and play our game. We don’t have so many problems. If you don’t believe you can win such games, there is no point in playing football.”
Mertens was also asked how he sees his future: “My future is on Saturday. My aim is to score goals. I want to think about the team and the game, and my role is to help my team-mates. I still have a two-year contract, so I cannot think of anything else.”
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.