Chelsea face the task of having to keep the Barcelona superstar quiet at the Nou Camp tomorrow night (7.45pm).
The Blues failed to stop Messi at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League round of 16 first leg as the Argentinian scored Barcelona’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
Ahead of the second leg against the Catalan giants, winger Willian has hailed Messi’s influence.
But he also warns Chelsea must watch out for all of Barcelona’s threats.
“We know the qualities of Messi and Barcelona,” Willian said.
“He is great, he can do whatever he wants on the pitch.
“We have to prepare ourselves to look at him and the whole team.”
Willian scored Chelsea’s opener in west London three weeks ago as Antonio Conte almost got his tactics spot on.
Only a stray pass from Andreas Christensen cost them as Barcelona pounced late on.
Chelsea know they must score tomorrow due to Barcelona’s away goal.
Chelsea (Odds: 6/1 to win, 18/5 to draw, 2/5 to lose)
“Without the ball we have to be more compact, like at Stamford Bridge”
And when asked what is the game plan, Willian added: “We come here to do the same job at Stamford Bridge against them.
“We know they have possession and like to have the ball and play.
“But like I said, with the ball we have to be more clinical.
“Without the ball we have to be more compact, like at Stamford Bridge.
“We know here the pitch is big and we have to not concede and then score ourselves.”