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Javier Mascherano on Barcelona Supercup chances: "Messi makes me confident"

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In order to pull off a miracle and come back from a 4-0 deficit against Athletic Bilbao to win the Spanish Supercup, Barcelona needs another magical night from Lionel Messi. And one of his friends and supporters is confident he'll do it.

Talking to the media at a press conference before the 2nd leg to be contested on Monday at Camp Nou, team captain Javier Mascherano showed plenty of trust in his teammates, especially the club's biggest star. The Argentine defender said the whole squad believes they can win the title despite the challenge of overcoming such a big deficit.

Here's a few highlights from Masche's answers:

"The team has to believe we can do it. It will be difficult but it is an important challenge and nobody has ever done it... I have seen the game again and it wasn't normal that they created so many chances against us. That’s why I said that we did not play well. We were punished for the odd mistake. Now we have to think about how we can turn things around.

"The feeling we can turn it around comes from the whole squad. We really think we have a chance.

"We know it is a final and that our opponents will come to defend their four goal lead. We have to be sharp in front of goal. The team is focused on the comeback because we have the tools to do it.

"The fans have to play the same role as in recent years. In big matches they have always been behind us and they have helped us to plenty of important wins. We have had games at home where the fans have been the number 12. We have to show to the fans from the first minute that we can come back. If they see that then they will get behind us.

"The coach is convinced that the team can come back in the tie. He, as the leader of the squad, is more sure than anyone.

"We are the ones responsible for the defeat, just as we were responsible for winning the treble three months ago.

"We have to avoid mistakes. Tomorrow it is vital that they don't score.

"Messi make me confident. I see him convinced we can come back and I hope he has a great day because that could help us win the trophy.


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