Monchi: 'Discovering players on the level of Messi is not easy'
AS Roma sporting director talks the upcoming game, Messi and Rakitic
Roma's plan against Barcelona
"Evidently knowing our rival's strengths, we have to try and stop them. But above all we have to be Roma, I think that we have our own strengths, our own philosophy and we cannot renounce it."
"I like that we are able to be contemporaries of Messi, enjoying his play just as those who were contemporaries of Di Stefano did, those of Pepe did, those of Maradona. As a lover of football what I do is enjoy his game. Discovering players on the level of Messi is not easy because there are not so many Messis."
"We have a good relationship on a personal level. It's a relationship we had in our time at Sevilla and we've kept it up. He's one of the players I have a relationship with off the pitch. We will see each other, each one doing their best to defend their team, but with the respect and friendship that we have."