Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Barcelona: 5 talking points - UEFA Champions League 2017/18

Gerard Deulofeu and Sergi Roberto board the plane together to head to Portugal

Gerard Deulofeu and Sergi Roberto board the plane together to head to Portugal

"We knew that in order to win here we would have to suffer against strong opposition", the Spaniard said after the win, per Sport.

Iniesta told BeIn Sports the following: "I think the good news is coming soon", indicating that an agreement may be forthcoming within the next couple of weeks.

"We played with real determination, we dominated the first half, but were conscious of their ability to counter attack".

So far Messi has already hit 12 goals in eight games across all competitions, including hitting Eibar for four over the weekend.

The fan, absolutely in his element at breathing the same air as arguably the greatest football to have graced the planet, gave Messi a hug and he happily embraced the youngster and shared a moment with him.

Messi was playing in the former home of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sporting fans reminded the Argentinian who they prefer immediately after the incident, with chants of "Cristiano Ronaldo!" ringing out around the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Messi had another chance on 20 minutes when Luis Suarez dummied a Jordi Alba pass across the area, but he scuffed his effort straight at Patricio.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, however, isn't you average footballer and rather than complain to the referee during their clash with Sporting, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor produced something rather special when he was forced to the ground.

But Valverde isn't concerned about the Uruguayan's form and came to his defence.

"Let people say whatever they want".

"I would be anxious if he wasn't getting near the goal, but he's always close. I'm sure he will get back to scoring again".

Barcelona's excellent start to the 2017 / 2018 season in both La Liga and the Champions League continued last night.

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