Messi vs clone Dybala
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 19 Apr 2017 09:29:08|
DIMINUTIVE, dynamic and armed with a deadly left foot, Paulo Dybala could be a prototype of a Lionel Messi clone.
The similarities between the two Argentines, who face off in Thursday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg between Juventus and Barcelona, have been noted by Dybala’s strike partner Gonzalo Higuain among others.
The fact that Argentina now look for the next Messi rather than the next Diego Maradona is as good a testament to the five-time world player of the year’s achievements as any.
Hundreds of talented number 10s were christened as Maradona’s heir before Messi turned even the “Hand of God” into distant memory.
“Messi is the best, he shows it every day,” said Higuain, who joined Juventus in a fractious transfer from Napoli for 90 million euros ($96 million) at the start of the season and has played alongside Messi for most of his 68 Argentina caps.
“Paulo is still young. He is 23 and has the world at his feet,” he told Premium Sport.
The younger man won the battle in the first leg last week with a quickfire first-half double as Juventus claimed a commanding 3-0 lead.
However to win the war, the Italian champions must resist for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou to prevent another famous Barcelona comeback.
The Catalans overcame a record 4-0 first-leg deficit by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the second leg at home in the last 16.
“It’s one of my greatest nights in football,” said Dybala after the first leg. “Let’s not ruin it now.”
Neymar confident of leading Barcelona to miracle comeback
BARCELONA striker Neymar is confident the Catalans can launch another remarkable Champions League comeback.
“We have to believe we can do it,” said Neymar in an interview with Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo.
“The other day my father told me one thing which has stayed in my head, and I think it’s true. In front of us we have a different team, but Barcelona is the same. And we can do it.
“We did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our absolute maximum. If everything goes well, there will be another comeback.
“I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost (already), so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”