Setien: Only snipers can stop Messi

Las Palmas coach Quique Setien has joked that only “snipers from the stands” can stop Lionel Messi.

Setien’s 14th place Las Palmas host La Liga leaders Barcelona at Estadio Gran Canaria on Sunday, and the manager has spoken about the monumental task his squad are facing.

“When these players are in their best form they are unstoppable, and when they are together, Messi, Neymar and  [Luis] Suarez multiply their effectiveness and no one can stop them,” he explained.

“Let’s see if they fall asleep a little during the game, which is the only thing we can really hope for.”

Setien, who will leave Las Palmas at the end of the season, said he wanted to give the club’s fans something to be happy about before his exit.

“I know that Barcelona are fighting for the league, but to me nothing would be more satisfying than giving our fans a bit of joy.

“I would finish happy if we can win or get a draw off the back of a good performance. For me it is a special game, I would like the team to win,” said the 58-year-old. 

“The reality is, and I accept that, some fans do not consider that I have done my work as I should, and I will take this criticism with humility. I will always remember this island,” he added.

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