Simon Mignolet, the Brugge FC goalkeeper, is not afraid to face Lionel Messi on Wednesday night in the Champions League. And his arguments are surprising.
It’s the FC Bruges who should have the formidable honor of facing the Paris Saint Germain, Wednesday evening, during the first day of the Champions League. The capital club could align for the first time its triplet Messi-Neymar-Mbappé. But for Simon Mignolet, it’s a meeting like any other.
“Of course we know that they have a lot of individual qualities in their core, he confided in a press conference, relays the RTBF. It will be very difficult to keep zero as a goalkeeper (a clean sheet, note). I won’t be able to do it alone. Our plan will be to defend together. But we will also have to find a plan to hurt them and score. Not just defending. For me it’s the same to play Ostend or PSG. “
He has already beaten Messi (on the bench)
Thus, Mignolet does not give a damn about the fact that a certain Lionel Messi or in the case opposite. And he has an amazing reason for it. ” It’s a challenge to play against Messi of course… I have a lot of respect for him because he’s a world-class player. The stats and the trophies are there… But it’s still a match with the same ball, the same field… We will have to be at 100%. I have played against him with Liverpool before and we won 4-0. ”
We don’t really know which match Mignolet refers to. Because it can be the 4-0 in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League, where the Belgian was… on the bench, which is a good way to keep his clean sheet. Or the replacement of Thibaut Courtois with the Red Devils evokes a match… of the International Champions Cup, in August 2016, where Liverpool had also inflicted a 4-0 to Barça. With Mignolet in goal, and Messi on the pitch for 75 minutes.
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