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Messi: Barcelona are back to best

Lionel Messi hailed under-fire Barcelona as back to their best as they saw off Manchester City to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League and keep alive their hopes of the treble.

We were coming off two very serious setbacks away from home (at Real Sociedad and Valladolid), but more so for the performances than for the results.

Here we've returned to be the Barcelona that we want, that the fans expect.

– Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Messi also rubbished suggestions Barca's Primera Division title hopes have been sunk by their recent poor form, pointing out there are still 11 games to go - including a clash with leaders Madrid.

I don't know if the criticism was exaggerated or not. We're the first to be self-critical and we know we haven't done things well, we know when we've done badly.

We lost the opportunity to continue being close to Real Madrid, but the league isn't lost whatsoever. There's a long way to go.

– Messi thinks Barca can still win the league.


Ter Stegen looks set for Barcelona

Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Basel from the start of next season as a replacement for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has announced he will be leaving the club.

After Marc-Andre ter Stegen informed us that he would definitely like to leave in the summer, we sat down with his new club and ironed out the transfer agreements.

He will be moving abroad, that is for certain. His successor in the Borussia goal will be Yann Sommer, an excellent goalkeeper who has already gained a lot of international experience despite being only 25, and we're delighted he has chosen us.

– Gladbach's director of sport Max Eberl.

Germany international Ter Stegen is expected to join Barcelona, with an announcement due once their current number one Victor Valdes finds himself a new club for next season.


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