Garcia: No anti-Messi plan

Roma head coach Rudi Garcia admits his side will be on the back foot against Barcelona, but hasn't made any plans to single out Lionel Messi.

The Giallorossi open their Champions League campaign against the Spanish giants at Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday, and Garcia is wary of the whole team as well as the brilliant Argentine.

"We're running out of superlatives to describe Messi," Garcia said. "He's one of, if not the best, in the world. There's no anti-Messi plan, just as there isn't one to stop Luis Suarez or Andres Iniesta.

"You deal with that threat as a team, both in attack and defence. If they're not the best in the world, they're certainly up there.

"We don't plan on defending for the whole game. We know there will be times when we have to dig in but we also have to use the ball well to give the opposition a problem.

"We know Barcelona are a top side and the reigning European champions. They've won their first three league matches and there's no need to repeat all the praise they've been given.

"We'll play with humility but also ambition. We want to qualify for the next round and to do so we'll need to perform as well as we can in all six games in order to pick up points."

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