Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has built a team that did not concede a single goal in six games against Messi last season.
He pointed out that that Juventus must stop Barcelona as a whole in order to stop Messi if they must carry the day on Saturday when both sides will meet at Berlin for the Uefa Champions League final.
“Man-marking in football is from a time gone by,” Simeone said.
“Those were different times and in those teams there were no players able to make an impact quite like Messi.
“It doesn’t make sense because when you kick off in midfield, that player is far away. When there is a free-kick and a wall, again a player cannot be close. It’s the same at a corner. So there are many moments when a player has to be far away. Then what do you do? In those moments, you cannot man-mark. You also lose a player and, with him, the stability of your team.
“It’s clearly complicated and that’s why we haven’t seen man-marking on any players in recent times. You try to control Messi with spaces, looking at where he can get to and where he is dangerous.
“But he moves inside and outside, down the wing, on the left… It’s very difficult to think about controlling a player who is uncontrollable. It’s ridiculous – there’s no way.”
Juventus will surely have learned from the mistakes of Pep Guardiola in the last round after the Bayern boss fielded a suicidal high line in the 5-3 aggregate defeat.
All eyes are on the Italian Champions who entered the Champions League semi final as an underdog but pulled down Real Madrid, the defending champions.
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