In exclusive comments to SPORT, Lionel Messi spoke about comments made during the lockdown by Quique Setien, who showed optimism when it came to speaking about Barcelona's chances of winning the Premier League. The Argentine has also spoken about the competition.
It's still not known if European competitions will return, but there are many that feel that the pause in play could even benefit Barça given how they were playing before. In fact, before the break, Messi even said that "with what we have, we cannot win the Champions League."
Question: Do you still maintain that or do you believe that, as coach Quique Setien said recently, you can "win it perfectly?"
Answer: "Maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us, but let's see if the competitions we're in can get started again first. Then we will be able to see the level we are at or how far we can go once we get started again.
"I think the coach didn't understand what I said or what I wanted to to say was explained poorly to him. What I said was playing as we did in those final few games before football was suspended, of course we wouldn't win the Champions League.
"I never doubted the squad we have and I don't doubt we can win everything that's left, just not playing as we were playing. Everyone has their own opinion and all opinions are respected. Mine is based on being lucky enough to play in the Champions League for many years and I know it's not possible to win it playing as we were playing."