Messi and Dembele shine but work still to do for Barcelona

Messi and Dembele shine but work still to do for Barcelona

Van Bommel, who was No.2 to Bert van Marwijk with Australia at the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants his Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League campaign facing the player he called the best in the world. He has also scored 14 consecutive goals in the Champions League campaign, putting him alongside Real Madrid legend Raul in a joint record.

He curled the ball over the PSV wall from 25 metres out into the top corner beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.

Dembele has since stayed put and, since winning the World Cup in Russian Federation, has hit five goals from six outings across all competitions. Against Alaves last month he went low.

Having lost their last two Premier League games, Spurs were on course for a welcome win via Christian Eriksen's second-half opener, which went in via a wicked deflection. The numbers certainly back him up. It was his eighth free-kick scored in 2018.

And Rakitic is aware of the challenges that await in the competition as he acknowledged the need for his side to keep improving on their win over PSV if they are to come out victorious in the Spanish capital come May.

"Messi is normal because we always see it", Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde said. Ousmane Dembele had earned a free-kick, the reward for a weaving run forward, a yard outside of the penalty area and slightly right. "It's time to win the Champions League", said Messi.

Inter Target Lozano Reveals Dream Of Playing For Barcelona

Inter Milan struck two late goals to secure a stunning 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the other Group B match.

However, Barca coach Valverde said before the game that he didn't think the Dutch champions were the weakest team in the group.

"It will be a dream come true for me when I grace the pitch at the Camp Nou".

Barca, of course, were on the front foot but PSV posed a threat. Lozano became one of the few men to outpace Jordi Alba as Barca struggled to deal with his pace, while De Jong also proved a handful.

PSV leave Camp Nou beaten, but this, on paper, was their toughest game.

In the first period they successfully shut down most of Barca's attacks and also plotted several risky breaks, which led to Mexico global Hirving Lozano firing narrowly over the bar after the interval.

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