Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Soccer: Berlusconi wants two men on Messi

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Rome, February 19 - AC Milan owner Silvio
Berlusconi said coach Massimiliano Allegri should have two men
keeping tabs on Argentine ace Lionel Messi in Wednesday's
Champions League last-16 first leg at the San Siro Stadium.
Berlusconi suggested putting a man marker on the four-time
Ballon d'Or winner on Monday.
The idea was dismissed by several figures in the game,
including Juventus boss Antonio Conte, who said a "rifle" was
needed to stop Messi, not man-marking.
So former Italian premier Berlusconi, who is leading the
centre right's campaign for next Sunday and Monday's general
election, upped the ante on Tuesday.
"You stop Messi with two men on top of him," Berlusconi
told Radio 105, adding that French midfielder Mathieu Flamini
could mark the danger man with the help of Ghanaian teammate
Sulley Muntari.
"Maybe you have one player each half. If one gets too
tired, the other takes over".
Allegri said he "willingly" accepted Berlusconi's tips, but
did not commit himself to applying them.
"It's clear that I see the squad every day and I'll give
the lads their instructions on how best to face Barcelona," the
coach told a press conference.
"Messi makes a difference (for his team) but he's not the
only one.
"(Spain midfielder Andres) Iniesta is one of the best
assist providers in the world. We'll have to be good at marking
them and limiting them".

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