Filipe Luis championed Lionel Messi as he is set to clash with the FC Barcelona Star on Saturday, stating his conviction that the Argentina forward could take a “mediocre team” to LaLiga title success all alone.
Messi has been in a superb run of form so far this season for Fc Barcelona, scoring 11 league goals in seven matches as the Catalan side has taken control at the highest point of the LaLiga table.
Lionel Messi gave another timely indication of his spectacular ability amid the international break, scoring a hattrick as Argentina vitally defeat Ecuador 3-1 to keep away from a humiliating inability to qualify for next summer World Cup
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis acknowledges he will probably have to play the “butcher” role again to stop Messi when Barca visit the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, as there is no other approach to stop the in-form FC Barcelona forward.
Luiz speaking to El Mundo: “Messi is so good that he could win the league with only a mediocre team, which is not the case [with Barca].
“Barca have the ability to create constant internal problems. They seem to like that, but Messi is so good, so good. He sustains them no matter what happens around him.
“When Messi or Cristiano [Ronaldo] get 50 goals, people think that the defences are bad, but when they are not there, there are no other goals and we are the same defences. It is very difficult for all of us and very easy for them. It’s another level.
“I have played more than 30 games against him and I play the part of the butcher, because, and I’m being totally sincere, it is impossible to stop Messi one-on-one without fouling him.
“If Messi faces me with the ball and I am alone, without fail I will grab him or something. I have to play with other weapons.
“I have to make things uncomfortable for him because if he feels comfortable, you’re dead.”