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27/05/2009 07:31

Papers: Lionel flair

Messi: We will destroy United
Lionel Messi reckons that Manchester United will risk humiliation if they opt to go toe to toe with Barcelona in the Champions League final. The Barca superstar admits he is after revenge for last year's semi-final defeat by the eventual champions. Back then, the Catalan giants had almost 70 per cent possession over the two legs. But they could not break down United's defensive wall and Paul Scholes' screamer put Alex Ferguson's men through. Messi told SunSport: "I don't think Manchester will play like that again. They have players to play football and will be a bit more open. We're the best team in Europe in an open game and this will give us the advantage. If they come out to play it will be a beautiful game - and I hope it will benefit us."
Antony Kastrinakas, The Sun

The back pages of today's newspapers are, of course, crammed with quotes from both camps and previews of the big match. Other stories include Ryan Giggs declaring that victory would confirm the current team as United's best ever side. The same player is also urging Cristiano Ronaldo to remain a Red - "Don't go Ron!" (The Sun)

Among the neutrals casting their expert eye over the final is England manager Fabio Capello. The Italian is quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying United's squad is "surely the strongest in the world." On that basis, plus an assessment that "Cristiano Ronaldo has become Cristiano Ronaldo again and is fitter than Messi," Capello is tipping the Reds to make history tonight. "Getting to a European final is already extremely difficult. To win two in a row is awesome. But Sir Alex is THE record man," adds the England boss.

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