But sometimes it doesn't work and that has to do with the quality of the player.
This week Robert Lewandowski became only the seventh player in history to score 50 goals in the Champions League/European Cup.
Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday, Van Bommel said he is focused on getting a win against Barcelona and not on the weekend's league tie against Feyenoord, "We never look beyond the next game and only focus on the match at home to FC Barcelona".
There will also be plenty on the line for the club's final game of the group play in the league, though it will be for opponents Tottenham rather than for the Blaugrana. The draw allowed Sevilla to pass Barcelona for first in La Liga.
"It is our style of play that we take a lot of risks", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. They will undoubtedly field a very good team and want to win this game as well.
It was Barcelona thanking their lucky stars just before halftime when De Jong's header from a free kick came off the bar and the follow-up by Denzel Dumfries struck the post.
Marc Andre Ter Stegen's long wait for a clean sheet extended for a further 90 minutes at least after he failed to stop de Jong's goal for the home side. De Jong is hard to defend against and we suffered.
"We lost a lot of balls cheaply, allowed them to counter too easily and they had a lot of chances", said Messi.
PSV coach Mark van Bommel - himself a Champions League victor with Barcelona in his playing days - started with his regular lineup that has won all 13 of its Dutch Eredivisie matches this season but failed to register a victory in the Champions League.
PSV, meanwhile, will finish bottom, captain Luuk de Jong scoring a late consolation as they matched Barcelona for much of the contest at the Philips Stadion, striking the woodwork three times in the first half and missing a number of other chances.
Ronaldo collected his fifth award a year ago, but appears unlikely to retain his crown and move ahead of bitter rival Messi.
Zoet had to keep out a powerful Messi strike early in the second period as Barcelona started on the front foot.