Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal believes he’ll score winner at Parc des Princes against PSG

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Lamine Yamal (16) is confident of Barcelona’s chances against Paris Saint-Germain in what will be his first Champions League quarter-final, and points to the role he expects to play in helping the Catalans surpass their Parisian rivals.  

The winger has rapidly become the next sensation to exit the gamed grounds of La Masia and set the world alight for Barcelona. Comparisons naturally have been made with Lionel Messi (36) as the fleet-footed winger has already made himself a vital component of Xavi Hernández’s attack. 

A comparison or a hope that has followed many exceptional talents to graduate into the first team, and one that became a little louder after his spectacular match-winning goal against RC Mallorca. 

Although it is a label that his manager strongly rejects for the teenager, “Comparisons do not benefit him. Anyone who is compared to Messi loses. He is the best footballer in history, so it’s best not to compare to him.”

Lamine Yamal on Barcelona’s plan for PSG

Yamal remains confident about Barcelona’s chances against PSG, as he explains to Mundo Deportivo, “We just need to play our game, stick to our style, and dominate them.” He continues, “These games are decided by the small details. If one team slips up, the other will take advantage. In the Champions League, intensity is crucial.”

On the idea of facing Kylian Mbappé (25), Yamal suggested that there would be no change in how he approached the game. “I’ll always try to help out the defender on my side, not just when it’s Mbappé. I did it before against Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.”

The winger further backed himself to be the difference-maker when his side visits PSG on Wednesday, when asked what he thought the score would be, he stated that Barcelona would win 1-0. And who would score the goal? Well, that was simple for Yamal, “Myself.” 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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