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Messi: Barcelona never goes out looking to draw

04-07-2011 10:13 BJT

FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi insisted on Tuesday that his side would never go into a football game content for it to end in a draw.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at
the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2011 in Barcelona on the eve of
their Champions League football match against Shakhtar.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Messi was asked the question after Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said on Monday that a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspurs would be a good result for his side in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Barcelona face Shakhtar Donetsk in their own game on Wednesday and the Argentinean ace said that Barca would never settle for a draw.

"We will try and win and I hope that things work out for us. We never think about drawing our games," said Messi in his pre-game press conference.

"We aim to win tomorrow. The most important thing is winning and if we can open up a lead, then so much the better. That would allow us to go with more tranquillity to the return leg in the Ukraine," he added.

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