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Mark van Bommel tells PSV players not to ask for Lionel Messi’s shirt at half-time

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They can fight over it if they win, says the boss

PSV v Utrecht - Eredivisie Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel has told his players not to ask for Lionel Messi’s shirt at half-time ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League clash at the Camp Nou.

The Dutchman is happy for his players to fight over Messi’s No. 10 if they “get a good result,” but they will be in trouble if they are cosying up to the Barca captain at half-time.

“If tomorrow we get a good result, I don’t care if they fight for Messi’s shirt,” he said.

“That is part of being a professional, to always be concentrating. I know they will ask him for the shirt, but they shouldn’t do it at halftime.”

Source | Reuters

PSV are widely seen as the weakest team in Group B which also contains Inter Milan and Tottenham.

However, the Dutch champions are top of the Eredivisie standings with five wins out of five.

Yet they have a poor record when it comes to playing in Spain, they have not won in 14 visits.