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The coach has stressed Roma do not have a
specific plan to contain the Barcelona star and is
confident his side can threaten the European

Roma coach Rudi Garcia says he has no special
plans to deal with Lionel Messi in Wednesday's
Champions League encounter with Barcelona.
The Argentina international, who helped fire his side
to a European and domestic treble last term, came
off the bench to guide them to a 2-1 victory over
Atletico Madrid with a fine goal in Saturday's Liga
Garcia, though, feels Roma cannot focus solely on
the 28-year-old when they welcome Luis Enrique's
men to the Italian capital in their opening game in
Group E.

"There's no anti-Messi plan, just as there isn't one
to stop Luis Suarez or Andres Iniesta," Garcia said
at a news conference.

"You deal with that threat as a team, both in attack
and defence. We don't plan on defending for the
whole game. We know there will be times when we
have to dig in but we also have to use the ball well
to give the opposition a problem.

"We're running out of superlatives to describe
Messi. He's one of - if not - the best in the world."
Garcia then went on to concede that Barcelona are
one of the best teams in the world, but he was
quick to stress Roma will give their all to get a good

"We know Barcelona are a top side and the reigning
European champions. They've won their first three
league matches and there's no need to repeat all
the praise they've been given," he continued.
"We know all about them. If they're not the best in
the world, they're certainly up there.

"We'll play with humility but also ambition. We want
to qualify for the next round and to do so we'll need
to perform as well as we can in all six games in
order to pick up points."

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