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Gallas: In my time, we did not fear Messi & Co - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/03/2018

Former Chelsea defender William Gallas reveals during his time in Stamford Bridge they were never afraid of Lionel Messi neither Barcelona, as they always believed they could match the Catalan giants.

The Blues battle La Liga leaders in Camp Nou to the evening's Champions League return match after playing 1-1 in London in the first showdown with Lionel Messi levelling after Willian put the Premier League holder up front.

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Gallas has a great deal of knowledge of Blaugrana, as the retired star helped Chelsea beat Barcelona in Champions League in 2005 over two matches - precisely because the West London team was fearless, according to ex-Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur star.

"That time we were strong. When playing for a strong team like I did, there is no need to talk about the opponents, Gallas explained to the media in a long interview included Goal.

"We knew what we stood for. In the locker room, we could never emphasize Messi or Barcelona, for example. to say "Wow, did you see how good he was?" or "Keep an eye on Messi, because he's really good" and that kind of.

"Everybody knew what quality we consisted of, and when I got the task of marking Messi, everyone took it easy because they knew I could do the job," Gallas continued confidently.

"Our then coach, Jose Mourinho, gave me his instructions and I was ready to do the task. Honestly, I played two games against Messi, where he did not get scored. In the first match, Messi was injured after only 15 minutes on the pitch at Camp Nou.

"Personally, it was very important for me to compete against Messi on the pitch, to see how good I really was. At that time Messi was still very young, but everyone spoke of him. I had seen some video clips of him and thought "Oh God, should I mark him?".

"As a defender, you always want to meet the biggest attackers, to find out how good the man is," said Gallas.

Gallas now works as a Premier League pundit for SFR Sport in France.