Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier has been full of praise for Lionel Messi ahead of Sunday’s La Liga clash against Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The defender faced the Barcelona captain last season for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League and spoke about what it’s like to play against the Argentinian.
“You play against Sadio Mane, for instance, and if you take your eye off him for a second, he’ll just dart in behind you,” he said.
”But with Messi, you look four times and he’s still there. It’s weird. A lot of the time he just walks and walks — and then, before you know it, it’s a goal.
“I’ve played against him a few times now and he’s so good at just picking up those little pockets of space. Before Barcelona have made three passes, he already knows where the ball’s going.
”It’s amazing how clever he is. Even when he’s walking like that, you’ve always got to be aware. He’s unbelievable, the best ever.”
Source | The Athletic
Trippier also described midfielder Arthur as “an unbelievable player” and should face both players again on Sunday. The full-back made the move from Tottenham to Atletico over the summer and has become a regular in Diego Simeone’s team.