Valencia coach Cesar Prandelli has admitted that Barcelona ace Lionel Messi is unstoppable, adding that “there is no formula to stop the greatest player in the world”.
Image: Lionel Messi
Cesar made the comments ahead of FC Barcelona’s visit to Mestalla Stadium for an all important La Liga game this Saturday, 22 October 2016.
Barcelona, currently sitting fourth in the league table, will hopefully fire from all cylinders for a desired win. La Blaugranas are two points behind arch rivals Real Madrid and 1 point behind Sevilla.
“I will sleep very well because I know there is no formula to stop Lionel Messi, he is magnificent,” Prandelli told reporters in a pre-match press conference.
“Messi is fantasy football, he is what every child dreams about, because he is proof that when you have character, determination and talent you can make history. All the children in the world want to be Messi and I’m proud to face him.”
Image shows Valencia coach Cesar Prandelli
The coach also revealed his team’s expected approach to historical encounter.
He said: “We’ll need to maintain concentration throughout the game and be organized tactically. Whenever we lose the ball we need to press Barca quickly.
“When you face Barcelona you know you’re going to suffer, but in certain moments of the game we have to know how to make them suffer.”