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Semedo: “When Messi takes a freekick, I am behind with a fantastic angle to watch the goal”

Zafer Cincil



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Nelson Semedo spoke ahead of the Champions League quarter-final game against Bayern Munich.

“We know how they prepare and how they buildup the play from the back. We will be very attentive, we will focus on ourselves and give the best possible performance and try to score goals. If we play well we have the opportunity to qualify.”

The Portuguese full-back praised Lionel Messi and explained that he has a brilliant angle to watch the Argentine’s freekick goals. Semedo is well aware that Messi can do the impossible:

“I usually play behind Messi and it is amazing to see what he does. When he takes a freekick, I am behind him and have a fantastic angle to watch the goal. What a great player he is. When he gets the ball and I am behind him, I know very well he can do the impossible just as he did against Napoli.”

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Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche

Dhaiwat Pandya



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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.

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