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03.11.2009 16:10

Messi: "I have never played anywhere so cold"

Vanessa Forns

Lionel Messi has said that against Rubin Kazan, Barça will need to get over the extreme cold and play their typical football to ensure a good result. But he did admit “I have never played anywhere so cold”.

The extreme cold in what is generally considered Russia’s third capital is the definite protagonist of FC Barcelona’s trip to Kazan. Although he does admit that "the Russian winter will be reflected in the game ", Messi considers that the key to victory revolves around “not thinking about it … we have to go out onto the pitch as we always do, and try to impose our style of playing and look for a good result.”

"We shouldn’t think about it"

2009-11-03_ENTRENO_09.JPGThis is going to be the coldest game of football the Argentinian has ever played in, but he hopes "it has no affect on the team at all … I have never played anywhere so cold. I hope it doesn’t show, and the way to do that is simply not to think about it. The important thing is to play a good game” he added.

Taking chances

2009-11-03_PREVIA_08.JPGBut aside from the climatic conditions and the famous Rubin Kazan victory in the game played at the Camp Nou, Messi knows that a win is essential to get everybody "feeling a little bit more relaxed" about the situation in Group F. He also believes the players “need a bit more luck than they had in the home fixture … in Barcelona we had a great game and had much more chances to score. But we just didn’t get much luck in front of goal. Let’s hope tomorrow we get to put some of them away.” But whatever happens, he added that “this game is not a final."

Rubin Kazan, a great side

2009-11-03_PREVIA_05.JPGAsked about the squad from the Tatar city, he observed that “they are a great side … Rubin Kazan have some top quality players, they’re very fast on the counter attack and also defend well".

Close stuff in the Champions League

Asked whether, after losing at the Camp Nou to Rubin Kazan, Josep Guardiola’s side will be stepping into the Centralniy Stadium with a certain dose of extra energy, Messi made it clear that "we are in the Champions League, a competition where no team is inferior to any other, where everything is very close. Now the important thing is to win here, nothing more ".

Messi: “I have never played anywhere so cold“

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Hunger for victories and titles
Despite the loss at the Camp Nou to Rubin Kazan (1-2), Messi does not think FC Barcelona "have anything to prove to anybody … We will play in a relaxed way and with the same mentality that has already won us so many titles. We know what we are capable of doing and we are just as keen as we were last season to get victories and win titles”.

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