Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has urged his team ‘to respect Barcelona’ but ‘not be afraid of them’ in their Champions League tie.
The Italian club take on the Catalan giants in the Champions League quarter-finals and will be clear underdogs for the tie, with the first leg at the Camp Nou on 4 April.
“We’re thinking about it, but we have to think about Bologna first,” Di Francesco cautioned, speaking to Sky.
“It’s a very important match to hold on to third place, a game which should give us great satisfaction. We must face it calmly and with the desire to do well.
“Stopping Messi? I haven’t talked about one player in particular, we have to stop all of Barcelona.
“They have the best player in the world, so we’ll obviously have to pay him special attention, even if that doesn’t mean man-marking him.
“To the fans I’d say we can do it, we must respect Barcelona, not be afraid of them.”