Alphonso Davies Opens Up On The Brilliant Phone Call He Had With His Dad About Facing Lionel Messi
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The 19-year-old, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Bundesliga side, making 40 appearances in all competitions, will come up against the six-time Ballon d'Or winner when Hans-Dieter Flick's side come up against Barcelona in Lisbon on Friday night.
It will certainly be an intriguing battle when the pair meet and ahead of the tie, Davies opened up about his childhood idol in a brilliant interview
When asked if he watched the Champions League growing up, the speedy full-back told a great story of he and his father just started laughing after Lionel Messi was brought up in conversation.
"I went to a football academy school, so every Wednesday or Tuesday, around 12:00 Edmonton time, we would watch it as a classroom." Davies told UEFA.
"All of the footballers were in there, cheering on whoever they wanted to win. It was amazing, and now being able to play in the Champions League, against one of my favourite players in the world [Lionel Messi], it's incredible. Honestly, I'm lost for words - a dream come true.
"My mum called me yesterday and then my dad hopped on the phone, and he was like: 'So you're playing against your favourite player, I see.' And I went: 'Yeah.' And then we both started laughing on the phone. And honestly we couldn't even believe it, because he knows that I looked up to Messi when I was younger, and now playing against him, it's really nice."
So, is he looking forward to coming up against Messi on Friday night?
"Growing up, I used to watch him all the time and now I'm defending against him; it's going to be a whole different ball game. But for me, it's just playing my game, changing nothing on my side and just hopefully doing my best against him. We know that he's a great player - we're not going to take that away from him - so the best you can do is try, I guess.
"It's going to be an incredible game. All I can say is that I am excited to play the game and I'm sure everyone's excited to watch as well."
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge:
:speaking_head:️ "Should Messi play on his left side, Alphonso Davies will take care of him. It will be a difficult but interesting task. Davies hasn't been dribbled past or overrun much this season."
Careful what you wish for. :punch::boom: pic.twitter.com/OKhMvxNZ7w
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Bayern Munich are certainly one of the favourites coming into tonight's clash after such an impressive season in the Bundesliga, but what about winning the Champions League?
Davies is supremely confident of his side's chances in the competition.
"Definitely." he told UEFA's official website. "From the performances we've been putting on in these past Bundesliga games, this Champions League game [against Chelsea], I really think we can go all the way and win this. I have full confidence in the team, full confidence in the coaching staff, and we're ready to fight."
Another :top: performance by @AlphonsoDavies. :flag_ca: #MiaSanMia #UCL pic.twitter.com/dzgb8pitqW
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Who will come out on top? Bayern or Barca?
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