LIONEL Messi has insisted that Barcelona’s Uefa Champions League Last 16 tie with Arsenal isn’t over yet, despite their commanding position heading into the second leg tonight.
The Argentine scored both goals as Barcelona won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium last month, leaving the Gunners with a mountain to climb on their trip to the Nou Camp tonight (9.45pm).
But Messi was defiant that Barcelona would not be complacent ahead of the clash, saying Arsenal had the quality at their disposal to cause an upset.
“Arsenal have players more than capable of scoring goals,” Messi said, following their 6-0 victory over Getafe on Saturday.
“We have put ourselves in a very good position to progress and to reach the quarterfinals, but none of the players are thinking the job is finished.
“Of course we know the danger that Alexis Sanchez can bring, but he is only one of many top quality players they have,” the star player said.
“The style they play is the most similar to the way we play at Barcelona and for that we have a lot of respect for them.”
Not only will Arsenal have to score at least twice to progress to the quarterfinals, they will also have to keep out European football’s most potent strike force in Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Between the three they have more than 100 goals already this season, and Messi believes the trio branded “MSN” will only get better.
“The understanding between myself, Neymar and Suarez is improving all the time,” said Messi. “It is a real pleasure to be able to play with them.
“Our understanding of each other and the positions we are going to be in are improving all the time.”