Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli has admitted, ahead of their clash with Barcelona on Saturday, that there is “no formula” to stop Lionel Messi and said he will “sleep well tonight”. Messi came back from injury and scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 demolition of EPL title contenders Manchester City.
Former Italy coach Prandelli's recent move to Valencia got off to a good start as he has moved them clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon. However, the struggling six-times La Liga champions will face the impossible task of lining up against Lionel Messi and his Barcelona side today.
Prandelli appears to have come to terms with reality ahead of the match.
"I will sleep very well because I know there is no formula to stop Messi, he is magnificent," Prandelli told a news conference on Friday.
"Messi is fantasy football, he is what every child dreams
"We'll need to maintain concentration throughout the game and be
"When you face Barcelona you know you're going to suffer, but in certain moments of the game we have to know how to make them suffer."