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Alphonso Davies will ‘take care’ of Lionel Messi, says Bayern chief

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The Bundesliga side are not lacking in confidence

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has had plenty to say ahead of the Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich and shows no sign of stopping.

The Bayern Munich chief has spoken to Sky Germany about the threat of Lionel Messi and is confident Alphonso Davies is up to the challenge of handing the Argentine.

“Alphonso had a great season and was rightly voted Rookie of the Season,” he said.

“Should Messi play on his left side, Alphonso will take care of him. It will be a difficult but interesting task. Davies hasn’t been dribbled past or overrun much this season.”

Davies spoke about Messi in the build-up to the game. He told UEFA that Messi is one of his favorite players and he used to watch him all the time when he was growing up.

Bayern manager Hansi Flick also talked about Messi in his pre-match press conference and said his team will need to defend as a unit to stop the 33-year-old.

“It’s not Bayern Munich against Messi, but against Barcelona. Of course we have thought about how we will play against him.

“It is possible that we will play together to counter him as a team. We have to recognise the spaces, put him under pressure and try to win the one-on-one duels.”

The Bundesliga champions are favorites to progress to the semi-finals, but Barcelona will know that as long as they have Messi they have a chance.