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Chris Smalling Says He's Relishing Challenge Of Facing Lionel Messi

Chris Smalling Says He's Relishing Challenge Of Facing Lionel Messi

For many, the thought of coming up against the greatest of all time is enough to give you sleepless nights for weeks, if not months.

Chris Smalling, on the the hand, isn't one of those people

The England international will come up against Barcelona's finest Lionel Messi in tomorrow night's Champions League quarter final at Old Trafford and he can't wait to come up against the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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You did read that correctly. Smalling admitted in Tuesday's press conference alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he is "relishing the challenge" of facing arguably the greatest footballer of all time.

"It is a challenge I relish. Bring it on." he told the media.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed his player, saying Messi will be difficult to stop but "it's never impossible." to mark him out of the game on Wednesday night.

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"He will be difficult to stop, but it's never impossible," he said.

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How do you think Smalling will fair against Messi tomorrow night at Old Trafford?

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Topics: Football News, Solskjaer, Football, Manchester United, Barcelona, Messi, Lionel Messi, Chris Smalling, Champions League, Old Trafford

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Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.