Friday, 19 April 2019 | 13:40 WIB

Chris Smalling Hopes to Minimize Lionel Messi’s Movements

Chris Smalling Hopes to Minimize Lionel Messi's Movements (itv)

MANCHESTER, NETRALNEWS.COM - Manchester United defender Chris Smalling hopes to minimize the movement of Lionel Messi when Manchester United face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils squad will host La Liga giant Barcelona on Wednesday, and will have the tough task of stemming the Spanish giant, who have not lost since January 23, and had won 11 and five draws in their last 16 matches.

Although many people talked about Smalling's tough task in the match, the England national defender enjoyed the opportunity to play against one of the world's best players, Lionel Messi.

"I don't play against him competitively, personally, but we have done it in friendly and pre-season matches," Smalling told the club's official website, manutd.com, as quoted by Antara.

"He is the player I want to face and hopefully I can minimize his chances as much as possible, because we know he is a world class player. But Barcelona is not just Messi, I think they are a world class team."

"We need to make sure that whatever game plan we implement, like PSG, we have to stay focused and everything will go according to plan. We know that we can give any team resistance