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Slavia boss Jindrich Trpisovsky says ‘whoever stops Lionel Messi will be immortal’

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The coach is preparing to face a ‘football genius’

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Slavia Prague boss Jindrich Trpisovsky spoke about the threat offered by Lionel Messi ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday.

Trpisovsky is well aware just how difficult it will be to play against the Barcelona captain and the attacking threat the visitors offer.

The Slavia boss also explained how he watched Messi bag a hat-trick in the Champions League in Prague against Viktoria Plzen back in 2011.

“I saw Messi in Barcelona’s match against Viktoria Plzen on television, because I had no ticket,” he said.

”Messi is a football genius and he is one of the best in the world.

”I have seen that Barcelona have scored more goals than we have played matches.

”We have said that whoever stops Messi will be immortal and will be recorded in history.”

Source | Marca

Another hat-trick for Messi would do nicely on Wednesday, although the club will need to improve on recent away performances. Messi’s last away goal in the Champions League came almost a year ago in November 2018 against PSV.