Super Eagles new wonder kid, Samuel Chukwueze has declared war on defending champions Barcelona ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga clash at the Camp Nou, saying its a match he has always dreamed about, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 19-year-old came off the bench in Thursday’s Europa League clash away at Rangers but is expected to start against the reigning champions after a solid start to life in the league which has seen him score twice in his last two appearances.
The Villarreal star however told AOIFootball.com exclusively ahead of the match that he hopes to keep up his impressive scoring form in the league and help Villarreal to back to back wins for the first time this season.
“I have been working very hard for a day like this. I grew up watching Messi and other big Barcelona players play football and getting the opportunity to play against them will be a dream come true for me. Playing against a player like Messi will be an honour and I’m looking forward to it.
“We know it won’t be an easy tie because Barcelona have not won in the league for the past two matches but we are confident we can play our own game and beat them to theirs,” Chukwueze said.
When asked how he prepares for big LaLiga matches, the former Golden Eaglet’s star revealed he always gets the backing of the coaches and senior players whilst he always watches video’s of Arjen Robben to prepare for every game.
“The coaches here have given me the motivation and confidence to express myself and Santi Carzola is like a mentor to me here also, I’m happy to be playing alongside him, because he always encourages me and always tells me to be strong.
“Many people say I play like Arjen Robben and I like it because before every game I watch his videos and make sure I learn on or two things from him before going into the game proper,” Chukwueze concluded.
16th placed Villarreal travel to the Camp Nou searching for their first win against Barcelona in the league in over a decade.