Barcelona-PSG depends on Messi - Hazard

The Chelsea playmaker feels that the Ligue 1 side have a fighting chance against the Catalans but a lot will hinge on the Argentine's availability
Chelsea star Eden Hazard feels that the Champions League quarter-final clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona will rest largely on whether or not Lionel Messi plays.

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last week with the Argentine forward limping off before half-time with a muscle injury.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner was forced to sit out the 5-0 win over Mallorca on Saturday and the Belgian feels his availability could decide the tie.

“It will depend on Messi, if he plays or not, to me, Paris can exploit [his absence],” he told Le10Sport.

“It will be complicated [for PSG], because we know Barca never give up at [Camp Nou]. But PSG have experienced players. It will be good for French football for a team to reach the semi-final of the Champions League.”

Both sides currently lead their domestic leagues with the Liga outfit ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid by 13 points, while Carlo Ancelotti’s side are seven points above Olympique de Marseille.