‘Barcelona are a team I always watch’: Paul Pogba admits he learns from keeping track of Manchester United’s Champions League opponents… and claims that Lionel Messi is ‘best of all’
- Paul Pogba relishing prospect of taking on Barcelona in the Champions League
- Manchester United will take on the Spanish league leaders in the quarter-finals
- Pogba admits club’s ‘system and culture’ has helped his game
Manchester United may have plenty to fear ahead of taking on Barcelona in the Champions League but for Paul Pogba he is looking forward to facing a team he admires.
Pogba will line up against the Spanish league leaders in April for United when they face off in the quarter-finals, but the midfielder is relishing the prospect in taking on a side he has huge admiration for.
‘Barcelona are a team I always watch,’ he told Eurosport. ‘You can always learn as a midfielder, I like watching football. Their system, their culture…it can always help me.
Paul Pogba is relishing the prospect of taking on Barcelona in the Champions League
‘Barcelona is a great team, one of the best in the world. They have extraordinary players.
‘It’s a match where I want to have fun. Playing against one of the best teams in the world is always a pleasure. It’s a team I lost against in the Champions League Final [2015, Juventus], but it’s always good to play against the best.’
But the 26-year-old saved his highest praise for Barcelona talisman, claiming that the Argentine star is still at the pinnacle of greatness.
The midfielder praised the club’s structure as well as star man Lionel Messi – pictured together at the Ballon d’Or Gala in 2016
‘He is the best of all,’ Pogba said of Messi. ‘Barca have great players and, above all, an extraordinary one that is far above the rest.
United head into the quarter-final as underdogs but will have hopes of dumping out one of the Champions League favourites having already pulled off one upset.
Without Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stunned Paris Saint-Germain by coming from behind to win 3-1 in Paris and eliminate the French top flight’s runaway leaders.
The Red Devils will now host Barcelona in the first leg at Old Trafford on April 10 before visiting the Nou Camp six days later for the return fixture.
Pogba has previously lost out against Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final