For the first time in his managerial career, Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann will have the challenge of game planning for Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi. Bayern Munich and PSG will meet in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday.
Nagelsmann sure has been watching plenty of match film on Messi as of late, and as he touched on during a pre-match press conference on Monday, he will look to have his squad limit the Argentine’s influence while in the attacking third.
“You can only do it as a team,” Nagelsmann said. “We have to cut out the passes to him, Neymar, and Mbappe. They’ve also got full-backs with a lot of pace. They have a number of really talented players.”
Nagelsmann added that this upcoming Champions League clash between the Ligue 1 powerhouse and the reigning Bundesliga champions will come down to “possession and ball control.”
Messi has recorded eight goal contributions in Champions League play so far this season.