Barcelona vs Lyon Spoke after the win over Lyon
Lionel Messi was the star man with two goals and two assists as Barcelona dismantled Lyon on Wednesday evening, matching what he himself described as an impressive midweek performance from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese had netted a hat-trick on Tuesday to steer Juventus past Atletico Madrid and Messi was asked about his rivals’ achievement after his own side’s win.
“What Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus did was impressive,” the forward said after the match.
“I thought Atletico Madrid would be tougher.
“Ronaldo had a magical night with three goals.”
Messi and his teammates will soon find out if they’ll face Ronaldo and Juventus in the next round, but the No.10 isn’t thinking about that.
“All of the opponents are complicated,” he said.
“Ajax, for example, showed that they’re an amazing team of youngsters and they don’t fear anyone.
“It’ll be difficult no matter who we face.
“We have to prepare ourselves for a tough challenge.”
He also analysed the night’s victory over Lyon in some detail.
“We went for the match from the start and moved the ball around well,” he said.
“There was a bit of suffering after they made it 2-1, as we’d made it tough for ourselves at a set piece.
“They hadn’t done anything until then.
“Luckily we then made it 3-1 and we could be calm again.
“The goal for the 3-1 had a bit of suspense, but luckily the ball made it.
“At 3-1 we found a lot more space and we could come out quickly on the counter attack.”