Johan Djourou on facing Lionel Messi and the return leg against Barcelona

Arsenal’s centre back, Johan Djourou, labeled facing Lionel Messi an amazing experience as his team overcame Barcelona on Wednesday in the first leg of the round of 16 tie.

Speaking after the match, Djourou said how it was amazing to have his skills tested against Messi, who is considered the best player in the world and who can always make a difference.

Lionel Messi failed to score on the night despite getting chances as the defender added how it was down to constant pressure by them that made it hard for Messi. Djourou was also delighted with his team in making things difficult for Barcelona who always find solutions on the pitch.

As for the return leg, the defender said that they will take a lot confidence from stopping Messi but admitted that it will be a different game and they will have to remain focused to do the same all over again.

The defender concluded by saying how it will be tough game where they will have to focus on not only Messi but everyone as players like Pedro and Iniesta can also make a difference.

The return leg against Barcelona is going to be played on 8th March at the Nou Camp.

Johan Djourou, after the match, said:

“It was amazing [to play against him]. For a defender to test your skill against the best, to play against the kind of player that can make the difference, it was amazing. Barcelona always try to find solutions on the pitch so it is down to you to make it as hard as possible for them. I think we did that well tonight.

I think we made it hard for Messi. It’s not like he was always clear, one on one with the keeper. He always had somebody next to him, someone tackling him, and it’s always difficult when you have someone under pressure.

We will take confidence [from stopping Messi]. That’s a big boost to go away with. It will be a different game [in the Nou Camp] so we need to show the same focus and have good communication at the back like we did tonight.

But Barcelona have so many talented players who can make a difference so it will be a tough, tough game. It is not just going to be Lionel Messi, they have other players like Iniesta and Pedro who can make the difference. We have to be focused on everyone.”

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