Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has warned his teammates that the Champions League last-16 tie against Arsenal is not over as the Gunners are capable of a surprise win.
The Catalan giants defeated Arsene Wenger’s men 2-0 in the first leg courtesy of a Messi brace and football observers around the world are already writing the Gunners off but the Argentine has warned against complacency.
‘Arsenal have players more than capable of scoring goals,’ he said.
‘We have put ourselves in a very good position to progress and to reach the quarter-finals but none of the players are thinking that the job is finished.
‘Of course we know the danger that Alexis Sanchez can bring but that is only one of many top quality players they have. The style they play is the most similar to that which we play at Barcelona and for that we have a lot of respect for them.’
Messi went on to praise his relationship with team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez and informed that they are getting better by the game.
‘The understanding between myself, Neymar and Suarez is improving all the time,’ said Messi.
‘It is a real pleasure to be able to play with them and our understanding of each other and the positions we are going to be in is improving all the time.’