‘You can’t plan against Messi’


Real face Barcelona in El Clasico tonight, having lost the first match this season 4-0 at the Bernabeu.

Asked what coach Zinedine Zidane can do to prepare his players for the Argentine tonight, Ancelotti tells Goal.com: “To prepare a game for Messi is impossible.

“Messi is a fantastic talent and if you are to prepare for a game against Messi, well, you have to avoid speaking about Messi, about the skill and the ability of Messi.

“Messi is a fantastic talent and if you speak to your players about the skills of Messi, then the players will be afraid because I think he is a top talent.

“So, the most important thing is to avoid speaking about Messi and, as I said before, to be focused on your game.”