Barcelona’s likely eleven to start the Champions League quest

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi gestures during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian northern Spain Saturday Sept. 15 2018

The FC Barcelona captain kicked off the UEFA Champions League campaign in style scoring three sensational goals.

The Barcelona star scored the first goal in this season's competition with a sublime free-kick against PSV, in the process becoming only the second player in history to score in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons.

Barça have started their season well, as they look to retain the La Liga title and regain the Champions League from their arch rivals, Real Madrid.

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

Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in the world. This season he has been a bit off shade and has already been beaten on four different occasions in five matches.


PSV, back in the Champions League after a one-year absence, are winless in seven matches at the group stage of the European competition.

Jasper Cillessen is still available to the former Athletic Bilbao boss for selection despite an uncertain future in Catalonia.

"I try to work hard regardless of my position and I work hard on every aspect of my game, I feel more of an attacking midfielder and I am comfortable on the left as this is where I've played the most".

In the other Group B game played on Tuesday, Inter Milan scored two late goals, including a stoppage-time victor, to mark their return to the Champions League with a 2-1 comeback victory against Tottenham.

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