'Handicapped' Barca can win without Messi, says Roura

The Blaugrana assistant coach says they can defeat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg even if their star has to miss out.

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura believes missing Lionel Messi would be a handicap but is confident his side can make the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League with or without the four-time defending Ballon d'Or winner.

The Argentina international picked up a hamstring injury in the first leg of the quarterfinal against Paris Saint-Germain last week, and his status for Wednesday's return leg at Camp Nou has yet to be determined.

“If Messi can't play, evidently we miss the best player in the world and that's a handicap for us, but his replacement will play well, too and we will try to win the match,” Roura said in a press conference. "If he plays, it's because there's a guarantee he can play. But we have to be patient and wait on the medical tests, which are vital to taking a final decision.

“We need to wait until tonight [Tuesday] and tomorrow to see about Messi, Pedro and Adriano. The feeling we have is positive, but we have to wait for the training sessions before we take a decision."

Roura added that he was happy with the draw in Paris and the two away goals, but thinks PSG will be just as dangerous and the Blaugrana will have to be at their best to progress.

"Every match and every team is different and every encounter between two teams is different. I like the 2-2 [draw] we got in Paris," Roura said. “We have to face Wednesday's match like a final, play a very intense game and our intention is to win this match, like all our games. We have to try to win from the off.

"I don't think PSG will change their style for this match compared to what they did in Paris. We know them well, they are dangerous on the counterattack, but we're used to these matches and these teams and this can't change our way of playing."

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