Roma defender Kostas Manolas praised Lionel Messi in an interview with Il Giornale.
La Magica face Barcelona at the Camp Nou tomorrow in the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League.
“Guardiola is right when he says there’s no way to stop Messi.
“Even if you could somehow fix that and block him, there are 10 others than can hurt you. Of course Barcelona are something else without the Argentine, we’ll have to do our best.
“In addition they no longer have Neymar. I really admire Pique, he’s an elegant defender who plays the ball with his feet. It’s no coincidence he’s been there 10 years”.
The last time these two sides met was at the Camp Nou was in 2015 when the Giallorossi were destroyed 6-1.
“Tactically we got that game wrong, we pushed too high up and they found space easily. Now we won’t have to go there with the fear of conceding so many goals.
“We respect Barcelona, but we’re aware of our strength.
“We showed in the Group Stage that we’re a good team, now we have a double-header against a very strong opponent. They’re favourites, but when you play 11 v 11 you never know”.
Manolas was asked who his favourites to win the Champions League are.
“Barcelona, Real and Manchester City have the most chance, I think Juventus have a chance too, they’re used to playing games of this level”.