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Lionel Messi Takes A Swipe At Real Madrid While Revealing Champions League Aspiration

Written By Jacobs Dunga

Lionel Messi has revealed his target for the current season with French champions Paris Saint Germain.

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The Argentine left Spain last season to team up with the Parisians in what was a bitter end to his Barcelona career.


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He helped the French champions reclaim the Ligue 1 title but fell short to Real Madrid in the Champions League. 

The match saw Messi miss a penalty which was saved by Thibaut Courtois to condemn PSG to a loss against the eventual champions.

The 35 year old has now stated that he’s more focused at the Parc des Princes while also revealing that the best teams do not always win in the European elite competition which has been dubbed to be a dig at his former rivals Real Madrid.

Speaking to Mexican TV station TUDN: “Last year was difficult for me, it was hard after a very big change (joining from Barcelona), after being in the same place for so long. The aim [for this season] is clear to everyone. PSG have been eager for a long time to win the Champions League. The elimination last season was very hard because of how it happened because we played two great games against Real Madrid and the tie was lost in small details.”

“This is not a typical year, because the World Cup is in between the games, but the main objective of PSG, like every year, is to be able to compete for the Champions League.

“It is a very difficult competition to win because it is not always won by the best team, it is always decided by small details, any mistake leaves you out of a tie, but we are preparing ourselves for when those hard moments come, to be up to the task.”

Messi has won the UCL four times in his career but PSG are still seeking for their first title.

Meanwhile…

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has scored the current England national team very low and feels many of them will struggle to get into the 2006 team.

The Three Lions got relegated from the top division of the Nations League after finishing bottom of their group without any win in six games.

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Carragher, who represented England at two World Cup tournaments appeared to be defending the current set up from public criticism following their recent failures.

He stated the team was in a whole mess before the incumbent manager took over and implored fans to consider the difference that has been brought about by Southgate.

“You would think England had won numerous tournaments considering the stick Southgate is getting!” Carragher tweeted. “It had been s**** for years before he got the job. Big Sam [Allardyce] had the job before him!!”

“One or two players at the most from this current team would get into the 2002/06 team and the same with 1996/98,” Carragher argued. When quizzed on Southgate’s CV in comparison to that of Allardyce, meanwhile, he said “Big Sam has achieved more in management, but England having a manager who plays direct/percentage football is not right”.

England will now shift attention to the World Cup which kicks off in November in Qatar with 32 teams jostling for the coveted trophy.

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