The 2 groups meet on Tuesday
Antwerp coach Mark van Bommel says his staff aren’t afraid of Barcelona as they put together for his or her first ever Champions League group stage sport.
Van Bommel is again at Barcelona on Tuesday and is aware of he’ll face a stern check from the Catalan giants.
Nonetheless, he’s informed a pre-match press convention that his gamers received’t change the best way they play for Xavi’s facet and don’t worry their opponents.
“Barcelona have one of the best offensive lines in the Champions League, and overall they are excellent. We will try to focus on our defence,” he stated.
“It’s going to be a really difficult match as a result of Barça are an awesome staff, however we aren’t going to alter our sport. We are going to attempt to make it tough for them, and we aren’t afraid.
“We are going to play football as we know how to. We will try to give everything we can. We have to be realistic, in our first time in the Champions League.”
Van Bommel was additionally requested about Lamine Yamal and felt there are some similarities to when Lionel Messi was breaking into the primary staff at Barca.
”I coincided with Messi’s beginnings. In Barcelona there are at all times excellent younger individuals popping out, they’ve an awesome youth staff,” he stated.
“In the end it doesn’t matter how old you are if you know how to play football well.”
Tuesday’s match would be the first time that Barcelona and Antwerp have ever met in UEFA competitors.
Antwerp are in Europe’s high competitors after finishing the double final season in Belgium, profitable the league title for the primary time in 66 years.