BARCELONA -- Three quick thoughts from Barcelona's 4-0 Champions League group-stage win over PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
1. Barcelona kick off Champions League campaign in fine form
A brilliant hat trick from Lionel Messi and a wonderful solo effort from Ousmane Dembele helped Barcelona's Champions League campaign get off to a winning start as individual quality helped them hammer PSV.
Messi opened the scoring with a devilishly good free kick before a fine individual effort...
Lionel Messi scored a record-setting hat trick as Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign in Group B with an impressive 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde's team predictably dominated the opening 30 minutes, but PSV looked dangerous on the counter-attack with Steven Bergwijn curling a shot just wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's goal and Hirving Lozano missing one from distance after a speedy run down the right flank.
However, the hosts would open the scoring just...
In football we have seen fights between opponents, between fans and even sometimes between disgruntled teammates. The full-time whistle of PSV's game at Camp Nou could result in a different kind of "fight" altogether. PSV coach and former Netherlands and Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel has given his players the green light to "fight for Messi's shirt" at full-time.
PSV coach Van Bommel says his players can fight for Messi's shirt... if they get a good result (plus Chucky on a dream) https://t.co/CmcDC3CFOM— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) September 17, 2018
Briefly teammates with Messi at Barcelona between 2005-06, Van Bommel didn't hold back in Monday's news conference. "If tomorrow...