'I Can Only Mark Lionel Messi in My Dreams' - Milan Boss Gennaro Gattuso Wary of Barcelona Star Ahead of UCL Tie

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AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has hailed Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi | Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Napoli manager, Gennaro Gattuso has opened up on the prospect of his side facing Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League, joking that "he can only mark the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner in his dreams or on the Playstation".

Napoli have had a poor season by their standards, though they ensured that they go into the game with the best possible momentum after beating Lazio 3-1 in the final game of the Serie A on Sunday.

Gattuso for his part has hailed Messi in the past and now he has reiterated that he is wary of the player considering that his side will come across him in what is an important game for both the sides.

"I can mark Messi only in my dreams. Or if I set Napoli vs Barcelona on my son's PlayStation, trying to catch him there when I played for Milan with 10-15 kilograms less than today," he said as quoted by Goal.

The Italian legend also called his side to take their chances when they face the Catalan giants and to play as a team.

"I think they are very different teams [Lazio and Barcelona] with two different styles.
Lazio mixes technical and physical skills. Barcelona are all about quality. I think it will be a different game. We don't have to think about score or not.

"We must play as a team, being confident that we can have our chances. We know that it will be an enterprise. Our mind must be free in order to express our qualities," he concluded.