Argentine expects Emirates side to take defensive approach in Nou Camp decider.
Barcelona v Arsenal Tickets available at Tixdaq.com
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has warned Arsenal Lionel Messi is ready to dump them out of the Champions League for the second successive season.
Messi scored all four goals in last year’s demolition of the North London side at the Nou Camp, and Mascherano believes his Argentine team-mate will do the same again to overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg..
“Nothing surprises me about Leo,” Mascherano said to the Spanish media.
“He can repeat what he did last year or he could do even better. Nobody can put a limit on the levels he can reach.”
Mascherano, who played at Liverpool for three years, also expects the Gunners to adopt a defensive approach as they will attempt to defend their lead from the Emirates.
“They are not stupid. They have a [2-1] advantage and they will try to protect that lead,” added Mascherano.
“They will come to defend. The difference [from Zaragoza] is that, as we know, when they do have the ball they also like to play and they have the players to do that.
“Arsenal know how to defend as well as attack. We can’t make the mistake of thinking that, just because they know how to play attacking football, they don’t know how to defend.
“In football when a team plays well we all jump to that conclusion. But if Arsenal have to defend, then they will defend.
“The problem is that when they have the ball they will try to play football – because of the players and the coach they have.”