Mikel Balenziaga: Man marking Lionel Messi is impossible

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The Athletic Bilbao defender has admitted that trying to stop Barcelona’s main man is an unenviable task.

Athletic Bilbao defender Mikel Balenziaga has stated that man marking Lionel Messi when he is in the mood is an impossible task, as per Marca.

The left-back was asked to try and nullify the Argentine when his club last met Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, but the four-time Ballon d’Or winner brushed off his attentions to dominate proceedings and ensure Luis Enrique’s men lifted the crown.

Messi was the catalyst for a Barcelona treble last term, with the South American superstar in superlative form throughout the second half of the season.

With the Catalan giants set to take on the Basque side again in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Friday, Balenziaga has been discussing the prospect of coming up against Messi once more.

The 27-year-old has stated that stopping the diminutive attacker is almost impossible if Messi is in the right mindframe.

“The plan was for me to be on top of him for the whole game and despite being man-marked he proved just what a special player he is, and that when he's on it, he's unstoppable,” he told Marca.

“We tried our very best but it was just impossible, we hope that on Friday we'll be able to give a little bit more and that we don't allow them to play their game.”

After winning the Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla earlier in the week, the Camp Nou side are on course to win a momentous six trophies in the space of a calendar year in 2015.

Messi continues to push forward his case to win back the Ballon d’Or award and scored twice against Sevilla in Tblisi.

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