‘I can only mark Messi in my dreams!’ – Gattuso preparing Napoli for Barca clash
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso answers questions raised by him about how to stop Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Napoli will face Barcelona in the Champions League 2019-20.
The aggregate goals of the two teams are equally strong 1-1 from the first leg of round 16. Barca are on top with the away goals. The second leg will take place on (09/08) 02.00 hrs WIB at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi has so far scored 30 goals and 26 assists in a total of 42 matches in all competitions. This shows Barcelona’s great dependence on the 33-year-old to be a differentiator.
Stopping the six Ballon d’Or winners is clearly an obligation for Naples. When asked how to stop him, Gattuso indirectly admitted that he didn’t know how to do it. Stopping Messi according to Gattuso can only happen in dreams or PlayStation.
‘I can only mark Messi in my dreams… or on Playstation’
“I can only keep (control) Messi in a dream or if I manage Napoli vs Barcelona on my child’s PlayStation, try to chase him there when I have defended Milan with a bodyweight of 10-15 kilograms from now,” Gattuso said.
Performance Barcelonain consistent at LaLiga until failing to defend the title from Real Madrid. Even so, Naples who closed Serie A with a 3-1 victory over Lazio. Gattuso also knows that Barcelona is different from Lazio.
“I think we are a very different team (Lazio and Barcelona) with two different styles (playing),” added Gattuso.
“Lazio combines technical and physical skills. Barcelona is all about quality. I think it will be a different match. I don’t have to think about scores or not.”
“We have to play as a team, confident that we can have opportunities. We know that this match should be entertainment. Our minds must be free to express the qualities we have,” explained Gattuso.