Bring it on: Smalling ready for Messi Challenge

express.co.uk

The Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling is ready to take on the Challenge against the Barcelona superstar Messi as both the sides are ready to go head to head at Old Trafford.

United man is relishing the expectation of facing the Argentine ace Lionel Messi of Barcelona, when the both sides will clash in quarter final of Champions league.

Like every season, the five times Ballon d’Or winner is having a stellar season with the Catalan giants, so far he has scored 43 for Barcelona in just 40 games.

Barcelona is just on the cusp of winning their domestic league after thrashing Ateltico Madrid in their previous game by 2-0 goals and they are also in the finals of Copa Del Rey and they will tackle Valencia there.

This time Messi and his Barcelona are eyeing for a treble and he is prepare to face United for the first time since has scored against them in the 2011 final of Champions league at Wembley.

Smalling is undaunted by the prospect of facing the Argentine ace, having already played against Mbappe and Ronaldo  this season, and he is ready for a another tough test at Old Trafford.

Smalling voiced: “It’s something to relish I think,”

“This season, we have been lucky enough to face [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Kylian] Mbappe and they are all challenges that I definitely relish and I think players at this club relish.

“I say bring it on.”

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