Champions League: Lionel Messi's Barcelona F.C. Ready to Fire, APOEL Nicosia Stand in Way

Lionel Messi and Neymar have been in superb form for Barcelona F.C. in La Liga. The club will hope the magic continues in the Champions League as well.

updated: September 16, 2014 09:56 IST
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Neymar (L) and Lionel Messi have scored goals in La Liga to help Barcelona F.C. begin on a strong note.


Barcelona: Barcelona F.C. begin their Champions League campaign at home to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday in fine form having romped to the top of La Liga with three consecutive wins to give Luis Enrique a dream start to his reign.

The most promising development of all three wins has been the return of four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to something approaching his best form after a disappointing end to a first trophyless campaign in six years last season. (Complete coverage of Champions League)

Messi has scored twice and provided three assists so far this season, including the decisive pass for both Neymar's goals in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. ('With Messi doing miracles in reality, who needs a Playstation?")

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