Barcelona’s ‘destroyer’ Messi needs to be stopped, Suarez will have incentive – Man City’s Lampard

Frank Lampard knows very well that Lionel Messi must be stopped if Manchester City are to get the better of Barcelona this week.


The Eastlands outfit host the Catalan giants in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday night and veteran midfielder Lampard has identified Argentine maestro Messi as the man to keep quiet if they want to pull off a famous victory.

“As far as I see it you just can’t give him space in the dangerous areas – we have to close him down, get tight and give him as little room as we can because if you don’t, he can destroy you,” he told the club’s official website.

“Of course, then you have to worry about Luis Suarez, Neymar and everyone else! We all have to be switched on when they have the ball.”

Lampard also touched on Suarez who returns to play in England for the first time since leaving Liverpool in the summer.

“It’s probably been different for him this season but we know what a talent he is and coming back to play in England will give him an added incentive and he will certainly want to step up and show everyone what he’s capable of,” the Chelsea legend added.

“He will love it if he gets stick from the fans as well!”


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