Tuesday November 22 2011
Thiago Silva: How to stop Messi…

Thiago Silva has revealed step one in trying to stop Barcelona ace Lionel Messi. “You pray,” said the Milan man.

The two teams meet at San Siro on Wednesday in the Champions League and the Brazilian will be asked to keep the Argentine quiet.

“He’s a very quick and technically gifted player,” the centre-back told Globo Esporte. “When you face him you have to make decisions in an instant.

“When he approaches you, you have to make the sign of the cross and pray that everything will be alright.”

Barcelona will arrive in Italy as the best club side in the world, but Thiago Silva believes that Milan can collect the three points tomorrow night.

“We are from two different schools of football, but we know that we can beat them,” added the stopper.

“It will be hard, but we are working as hard as possible because if we do win then we could finish top of the group.

“That would allow us to have an easier last 16 match and also give us the chance to play the return leg at home – something which we haven’t had for the last two seasons.”

Inevitably, the South American was asked for his thoughts on the transfer speculation linking Barca with his signature.

“There has been talk for over a year, but there is nothing in it. The most important thing is that I am happy at Milan and happy to be living in Milan.

“Barca will always be tempting, they are the best team in the world, but Milan are not that far behind. And I want to win the Champions League as a Rossonero.”