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Champions League the dream for Barca – Lionel Messi



Barcelona star Lionel Messi said the club will “ do everything possible ” this season to prise the Champions League trophy away from arch rivals Real Madrid , who have won the competition each of the past three years .“ This year I think we have a squad that allows us to dream . The new players are going to help us be better than before, ” Messi told fans at the Camp Nou ahead of Wednesday ’ s pre – season friendly against Boca Juniors .
“ Last season was very good because we won the cup and La Liga but the Champions League sticks in our throat , especially given the way we were eliminated , ” he said , as Barcelona lost to Roma on away goals in the quarter – finals .

“ We promise you this year we ’ re going to do everything possible so that this beautiful and much sought after cup comes back to the Camp Nou again, ” added Messi , a Champions League winner in 2006 , 2009 , 2011 and 2015 .

The 31 – year – old will take over the captaincy at Barcelona this season following the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta for Japan .

“ We ’ re going to miss the great Andres a lot this year, ” said Messi . “ It ’ s a great honour to be the captain and I know what that means at this club . I was lucky to have great examples like ( Carles ) Puyol , Xavi and Andres ( Iniesta ) . ”

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Barcelona , who beat Sevilla 2 – 1 in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday , begin the new La Liga campaign at home to Alaves on Saturday .

( AFP )