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Lionel Messi gives his verdict on Barcelona’s Champions League draw

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The captain is expecting a difficult match

Lionel Messi receiving Golden Shoe award Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Lionel Messi offered his thoughts on Barcelona’s Champions League draw when he picked up his fifth Golden Shoe on Tuesday.

Barcelona have been paired with Ligue 1 side Lyon in the last 16 of the competition, and Messi reckons his team are in for a difficult test against Bruno Genesio’s men.

“Lyon was not the strongest name, but it will be complicated,” he said. ”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against.

”It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February. We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.”

Source | Marca

Barcelona play in Lyon on February 19, with the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 13.