Barcelona respond after Thibaut Courtois says he'll prepare for Lionel Messi like any other player

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final

Sunday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid vs Barcelona is one of the most important in recent years.

Just two points separate the Spanish giants in the two-horse title race with just 13 matches remaining.

A Barca victory would extend their lead to five points and they would take a giant step towards winning La Liga.

But a Real Madrid win would see them leapfrog Quique Setien’s and could give Los Blancos the momentum to win their first title since the 2016–17 season. 

If Zinedine Zidane’s side are to win, they will surely need to keep a very close eye on Lionel Messi - who returned to form last weekend with a four-goal haul against Eibar. But according to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, they don’t need a special plan to combat the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

"Messi? For me he's like any other player,” Courtois said.

“We study him like we would study a player from Celta Vigo or Levante. There is no difference."

Oh Thibaut, what have you done?

You just know Messi is going to make the Belgian look stupid on Sunday, don’t you?

It’s not as though Courtois hasn’t been embarrassed by Messi before.

In fact, just after Courtois’ comments emerged, Barcelona tweeted a brilliant video on their Twitter account showing every goal Messi has scored against the Real goalkeeper.

Messi has put NINE goals past the ‘keeper while nutmegging him on THREE occasions.

Take a look:

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Well played, Barca, well played.

All eyes will be focused on the Bernabeu on Sunday to see who wins the battle: Courtois or Messi.

Courtois will do well to keep his legs closed, though. Oh, and he should probably do a bit of homework on the greatest player to have ever played.

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