Champions League the dream for Barca, says Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

It's my first game at Camp Nou I have my family in the stands and I scored a goal, it's a dream.

But for all their dominance in Spain, Barcelona couldn't convert in the Champions League as they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Roma.

On Barcelona's aspirations, Malcom was concise.

"We have a great squad to get excited about and those who have come in will help us to get better".

Barca last won the competition in the 2014/15 season, with rivals Real Madrid lifting the trophy for the last three years in a row.

"Last season was really good as we did the double but we all felt bad about how it went in the Champions League".

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Before the match started, Messi addressed the Camp Nou faithful with a microphone in hand to talk reveal pride at being named the team's new captain, and insisted the Catalans will do everything they can to lift the UEFA Champions League this season.

After Barcelona eased to a win in the Gamper Trophy over Boca Juniors, Ernesto Valverde noted that he wanted the transfer market to close as soon as possible in order to know definitively which players he's left with for the 2018/19 season.

The 31-year-old will take over the captaincy at Barcelona this season following the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta for Japan.

Barcelona, who beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, begin the new La Liga campaign at home to Alaves on Saturday. "It's a great honour to be the captain and I know what that means at this club".

"I am lucky to have had great role models such as [Carles] Puyol, Xavi and the great Andres whom we will miss this season".

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