Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino, popularly known as Tata, has urged his side not to underestimate AC Milan during their Tuesday evening Champions League tie.
The Spanish giants will be hosted by the Rossoneiri in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Following consecutive victories over Milan in previous seasons, and their successful UEFA campaign so far this season, Barcelona might be tempted to underestimate the Italian giants.
However, Tata warns his tiki-taka group that they should not underrate their rivals.
“I’m sure that tomorrow the players will think exactly as they did last season - that Milan is a side with a great tradition and shouldn’t be underestimated," he reasoned.
“This match isn’t just a formality for us. We’re going into the game on the back of a good performance in a match which, although we didn’t win, allowed us to go top of the table. We’re in good form and we’re happy.
“I think we just need to focus strictly on what we do - give Milan few chances to hit us on the break and try to dominate possession.
“Reducing their options of hitting us on the counterattack is the key because that is where they are at their most dangerous.”
In addition, the 50-year-old manager also hinted that the club expects the best from Lionel Messi who has just returned from injury.
“Everyone wants the best from Messi when he’s out on the pitch,” he added.
“He has made us expect it from him. It’s something we’ve grown used to since he made his debut in the top flight.
“Messi is fine and once he gets the clearance from the medical team, he runs the same risks as any other player.”
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