‘Messi impossible to define’

Roma Coach Rudi Garcia lauded Lionel Messi prior to playing Barcelona in the Champions League but warned of the Catalans’ other threats.

The teams meet on Wednesday at Stadio Olimpico, the site of Barca’s 2009 Champions League success in which Messi scored against Manchester United.

“There aren’t sufficient adjectives to define Messi – he’s one of the best, if not the very best,” Garcia told a Press conference.

“There isn’t a plan to deal with individual players, we’re thinking about the entire Barca squad. I agree that things can be resolved on the collective level, both in defence and attack, we can’t defend for the whole match.

“Even if they’re not at their best, they’re still one of the greatest teams in the world. Tomorrow we’ll play with humility and ambition – we want to qualify, we need six matches at our best and to record points.

“If I told you I was thinking about making a surprise change to the team, then it wouldn’t be a surprise. We’re ready to use more than one formation against Barca.

“Maybe we will tomorrow, we have at least two plans and the objective is always the same – get a result.”

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