Gattuso reveals big secret about Messi ahead of Champions League return leg with Napoli

– Lionel Messi has been rated as a tough opponent by Napoli coach Gattuso

– The AC Milan legend explained that it will be hard for his team to stop Messi

– Napoli and Barcelona will meet on August 8 in the Champions League return leg

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Gennaro Gattuso has stated emphatically that marking Lionel Messi in the Champions League second leg duel will be difficult for his wards.

Gattuso and his players ended the recently concluded Serie A season as 7th best in which they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

The club are now preparing for their Champions League second leg game against Barcelona in which they were forced to a 1-1 draw in the first tie.

According to the report on Goal, Gattuso made it clear he can only mark Lionel Messi in his dream which shows how superb the Argentine is.

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“I can mark Messi only in my dreams.

“Or if I set Napoli vs Barcelona on my son’s PlayStation, trying to catch him there when I played for Milan with 10-15 kilograms less than today,” Gattuso explained.

After losing the 2019/20 Spanish La Liga crown to Real Madrid, Barcelona will want to fight for the Champions League title.

Last term, they were sent out by Liverpool in the semifinal in what remains a painful defeat for the Catalans.

They won the first leg 3-0 in front of their faithfuls with the hope of getting a nice result in the second leg, but they suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat in England.

Lionel Messi: Gattuso says the Argentine will be difficult to mark in Champions League

Lionel Messi: Gattuso says the Argentine will be difficult to mark in Champions League (photo: Getty)
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Earlier, had reported how Italian League giants are reportedly planning to land Barcelona legend Lionel Messi in a staggering €260 million (£235 million) deal if he choose to leave the La Liga club next summer.

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The 33-year-old has not signed a new deal with the Catalan side despite his current contract expiring next June.

His failure to sign an extension with less than a year left, coupled with the multiple bust-ups he has had with his employers has fueled his exit from Camp Nou.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner after losing Spanish League title to rivals Real Madrid described Barca this season as “erratic and weak” – a comment that sparked reactions from every corner.

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