Ronald Koeman: Barcelona need Lionel Messi on top form against PSG

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has called on skipper Lionel Messi to turn in another top class performance as they prepare to face Paris Saint-Germain next week.

Messi warmed up for the visit of the Ligue 1 champions with two goals and a man of the match performance in La Blaugrana’s 5-1 La Liga win over Alaves this weekend.

That brings Messi up to 15 league goals so far in 2020/21, one behind his old teammate Luis Suarez of Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez

Despite opting to leave Messi on to complete a full 90 minutes against Abelardo Fernandez’s side, Koeman is confident his talisman will be fresh to face Mauricio Pochettino‘s visitors.

“He is focused and he is excited, he’s happy and he’s been very effective in front of goal recently”, Koeman told an interview with Diario AS.

“And he’s someone, who when we find passes in between the lines to find him, he gives depth for the rest of the players. He has a great vision of the game.”

Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann

Koeman’s side welcome PSG to the Camp Nou on February 16, and he will be hopeful Messi can continue his excellent record against the French giants.

Messi netted a crucial away goal to send Barcelona through on away goals in the 2012/13 Champions League knockout stages, and he has four goals in seven starts against them.

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