Ronald Komann insisted that Barcelona could make another incredible comeback against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, especially if Lionel Messi plays in his sensational performance. Barca were beaten 4–1 in the 16-year-old Champions League first leg last month, but Komman believes his team could repeat the ‘remontada' of 2017, when they scored a surprise 6–1 win by PSG Overturned a 4–0 defeat with the win.
“There is always a chance,” Koeman said at a press conference on Tuesday. “It depends how we start the game, the energy we put into making life difficult for them and how ruthless we are.
“They were ruthless in the first phase but we always create chances, so if we can be absolutely ruthless, nothing is impossible.”
PSG will also be in Paris again without Neymar as the club confirmed that he is still suffering from a thigh injury.
“Neymar is one of the best players in the world,” said Barca midfielder Frankie de Jong. “If she's not in front of you, it's easy, of course.”
Despite scoring a penalty in the first game at Camp Nou, Messi was overseen by a statement from PSG's Kylian Mapppe, who overtook Barcelona with a stunning hat-trick.
But Messi is in good form with seven goals in his last seven games and Komman believes his captain can do something special to bend the tie.
“If Leone can play one of his best matches, then everything is possible,” Komman said. “He is like a player deciding any match at any time.”
Messi has been in the headlines this week, when Joan Laporta won the club election to return as president on Sunday.
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LaPorta Oversea Messi's success in Barsa during his first term and expressed optimism about persuading the 33-year-old to stay.
“The new president has a history with Leo and the other players in the team that is positive,” Komman said. “I don't know that it changes anything for Leo because only he can decide his future.”
“The president won the election from a considerable distance and it is good for the club to be a leader, to be able to work to improve the future of this club.”
Laporta met with Komen on Monday, changing the regime for Barcelona's coach amid an uncertain future.
“I know him, we've met a few times in the past,” Komen said. “Everything depends on the results, but things have gone well so far. He said a few words to the players and staff and was a good feeling.”
Koman will have yet another problem to solve in the central defense against PSG, with Ronald Arrujo ruled out of the team on Tuesday due to an ankle injury. Gerard Pique is also missing from a knee problem.
“We forced the return of Ronald a little bit and in the end he didn't feel comfortable,” said Koman. “If all goes well, he may be available against Huska on Monday.”
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