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Pique: Messi ‘can change everything’

Posted on 11/04/2013 in La Liga

Gerard Pique has admitted that seeing Lionel Messi come off the bench in last night's Champions League quarter-final with Paris St Germain was a huge boost.

The world player of the year's introduction at the Camp Nou had a galvanising effect on what had previously been a lacklustre performance from the home side and Barcelona were able to get the equaliser they needed to progress to the semis on the away goals rule.

Pique told Sky Sports: "We are talking about the best player in the world. It doesn't matter if he is a little bit injured, he can change everything and he did again."

The Spaniard said that Messi is Barca's reference on the pitch and he helped them pull through this time.

Pique added that he is unconcerned who his team now face in the final four.

Tomorrow's draw will decide if the La Liga leaders will have another two Clasicos against Real Madrid or face German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.