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Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training. Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training. Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training. Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea

PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel says his players can fight it out for Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s shirt if they win at the Nou Camp on Tuesday – but they had better not ask him for it at half-time.

Van Bommel wants the Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League season facing the player he called the best in the world.

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

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

PSV winger Hirving Lozano may one day line up with the Argentine at Barcelona, having revealed the Catalan side were interested in signing him in the close season after he impressed for Mexico at the World Cup.

“My agents told me that Barca asked about me and it would be a dream to play here in the future,” he said, “but now the important thing is focusing on PSV and enjoying it as much as possible.”

Barcelona have won only one of the last five Champions Leagues.

“It’s hard to explain, I don’t understand it,” said Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.


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