Posted on October 31, 2006
Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi believes Chelsea’s defenders must keep control in Tuesday night’s Champions League clash between the two sides at the Nou Camp.
There have been a number of flash points in matches between the two over the last couple of seasons, with Messi attracting criticism in the previous campaign for the way he reacted to a challenge from Asier del Horno, with the Spaniard ultimately sent-off.
“I am fit again and ready to take on Chelsea,” Messi told the Daily Star.
“But I demand the Chelsea defenders calm down because, against them, I always get more kicks than in other matches.
“I think that some other teams have watched what Chelsea have done and copied their tactics, especially Real Madrid recently.
“Chelsea always try to kick me the most though – just look at the last few games between us.
“But I am sure we will win this game 2-0 as there is no way we can play as badly as we did at Stamford Bridge.
“But for us to beat (Jose) Mourinho in particular, it will be sensational.”