Arsene Wenger hopes that Lionel Messi’s failure to score past Petr Cech will play on his mind ahead of Barcelona’s clash with Arsenal on Tuesday night.
The Czech stopper has not been beaten by a Messi strike in eight meetings between Chelsea and Barcelona.
“I hope that will give Cech a lot of confidence and will keep him quiet,” said Wenger ahead of the Champions League last-16 clash.
“I hope that Messi will have a little complex and the history will play for us and against Messi.
“I know that individually MSN have exceptional talent, the only way we can beat them is collectively. Resilient, great solidarity, intelligent as well, let’s not forget that we have a good defensive record and a great goalkeeper as well.
“They are the most efficient [strike force in the world]. Messi scored 300 goals in 340 games, I’ve seen many strikers in my life but I’ve never seen a record like that. They are top, top class.”
“Barcelona are super favourites, we need to raise the urgency level.
“Tomorrow everybody is convinced we need to absolutely be totally focused to have a chance.
“Belief, confidence and let’s go for it.”
It sounds like Arsene Wenger will not be following Daniel Storey’s tongue-in-cheek advice to send out the kids to play the “super favourites”.