Messi expects qualification
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is confident the Champions League holders will not crash out of the competition at the group stage.
Last Updated: 24/11/09 1:39pm
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is confident the UEFA Champions League holders will not crash out of the competition at the group stage.
The Spanish giants are in serious danger of becoming the first Champions League holders to go out at the first stage, as Group F is delicately poised with all four teams having a chance of progressing.
Barcelona face group leaders Inter Milan on Tuesday at Camp Nou knowing defeat to Jose Mourinho's men and a win for Rubin Kazan over Dynamo Kiev would see them drop out of Europe's premier competition.
However, Messi, who faces a late fitness test on a thigh problem ahead of the Inter game, is adamant Barca will prevail in the group.
"We have a very difficult group full of tricky games," Messi told Sky Sports News.
"We had a very bad game and also bad luck at home against Rubin Kazan and that complicated the whole campaign.
"Now it is do or die.
"There are only two games to go and the good thing is that we are still relying on our own results so I remain positive."