Monday, March 29, 2010

Bendtner: Messi won't shine

Hat-trick hero Nicklas Bendtner is set to face Messi's Barcelona in
the Champions League quarter-finals first leg on Wednesday.

The Danish Striker has warned Barca that the tie won't be
business-as-usual for their dangerman, because their main supply
route (midfield) will be met by the Gunners stiff resistance.
Lionel Messi is capable of making defenders look miserable and
Bendtner who is aware of the susceptibility of the Gunners defence
isn't scared of the Barca magician, he believes Arsene Wenger will
deploy the right tactics to ensure the Catalan giants bow out of the
Champions League in the quarter-finals.

Bendtner insists that the Gunners have the advantage even though the
odds aren't favourable to them: "What counts in Arsenal's favour is
that we play in a different way to which Messi is accustomed in
Spain," he enthused.
"He will probably not get as much room to run with the ball, and the
pace of games is faster in England. It will be an entirely different
battle for him and Barcelona.

Bendtner praised the dimunitive wizard and admitted that he will be a
problem for the Gunners: "So even though they may be slight favourites
against us, I still expect it to be a balanced game. But Messi is the
best in the World right now. He has a fantastic eye for the game, he
has pace and he has scored many goals.
"He has quick feet, and it is impossible to get the ball off him. It
is his overall qualities that count - for me he is the greatest," he