TOP STORIES - Mignolet: We have plan to handle Messi
When Club Brugge takes on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet acknowledges that he will be up against the best football player in the world Lionel Messi, but he draws comfort from a prior meeting between the two.
In 2019, the 33-year-old Belgian international was part of Liverpool's 4-0 win against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
However, he acknowledges that Brugge have a significant task in their first group game against a PSG club that may feature Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe together for the first time this season.
"It is normal that one talks more about PSG than Club Brugge," Mignolet said at the eve-of-match press conference.
"We are not only playing against PSG but also against the biggest star in the world.
"We are humble, we know that we are playing against the strongest, but we accept the challenge.
"We know that...." he said before bursting into laughter "it will be difficult to keep the scoreline at zero but that is not just down to me the goalkeeper.
"We have our plan. We worked to find the best manner of defending as a unit and also to hurt them.
"With our supporters behind us, we are not alone."