French forward Nabil Fekir has promised Lyon will give it everything to cause an upset against Barcelona in tonight’s Champions League encounter.
Bruno Genesio’s side are the clear underdogs against a star-studded Barcelona for the return leg of their last-16 tie at Camp Nou tonight.
Lyon managed to hold Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in the first leg in France last month, but will now have to take on the daunting challenge of finding at least one goal in Catalonia if they are to stand any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
Not helping matters for Lyon is the fact that Barcelona appear to have returned to full strength in time on the back of recently securing back-to-back Clasico wins over Real Madrid.
But Fekir is well aware of the quality within the Blaugrana and vowed to give it everything to cause a great upset tonight.
“Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe. It’s always fun to play against these kinds of teams,” Fekir told the club website.
“And it’s normal that the fans expect a lot from me in this match. We will give our all. Even if we know that it’s going to be a tough match.”
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is another reason for Lyon to be worried, as the Argentine forward has contributed towards six goals in Barcelona’s last four games.
“For me, he’s the best player in the world,” Fekir said on Messi.
“I’ve already faced him on the pitch at the World Cup. Lionel Messi has been at the top for ten years. He’s been decisive every year. He wins trophies for his team. We will do our best to stop him.”
After seeing a move to Liverpool last summer fall apart at the last minute due to his medical results, Fekir has managed another impressive campaign at Lyon with 12 goals and seven assists in 29 appearances.
Les Gones will certainly be hoping the 25-year-old is up to the challenge of scoring against Barcelona, with manager Genesio hoping to pull a similar victory to that of Manchester United and Ajax last week.
The Barcelona and Lyon match will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).