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Chelsea's Deco: It's all about stopping Messi

Chelsea midfielder Deco says stopping Lionel Messi is key to beating Champions League semifinal opponents Barcelona.

Deco said: "Leo Messi is incredible. He is one of my best friends and at the moment, almost impossible to stop on his day. He is an incredible player and, if he is on form, we can only wait and see who has the ability to stop him."

Chelsea are without Ashley Cole for the first leg of the tie, but Deco remains confident that last season's finalists can stop the free-scoring Spaniards.

He added: "Barca are one of the rivals we managed to avoid in the first knock-out rounds, but at this stage you cannot choose your opponents.

"If we want to go all the way to the final in Rome we must beat them, which will not be easy. But we can do this.

"I still have a great deal of affection for Barca. I was very happy there and I cannot help but think fondly about that stage of my life."



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