Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | FC Barcelona coach Quique Setien compared Lionel Messi to Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski and he insisted on Thursday that the Pole “is not at the level of Leo.”
On Friday, Barcelona will face Bayern in the Champions League quarterfinal in Lisbon. The match is announced as an encounter between Messi and Lewandowski, who leads the top scorer classification with 13 goals.
However, Setien told the pre-match press conference in Lisbon that the Argentinian is a better player.
“Lewandowski is an extraordinary and dangerous scorer. He is a great player but I think he is not at the level of Leo, as Messi is from another planet,” he said.
“Lewandowski has scored 13 goals in the Champions League and he’s well assisted by a lot of teammates around him. But Leo’s in a great moment too as he showed it against SSC Napoli,” he added.
Setien emphasized that teamwork will be a key to beat Bayern. “Messi can help you win for sure, but I’ve always believed in the strength of the team.”
“We know the strength of the rival and I won’t underestimate it. Bayern players are dangerous in attack, and they also defend well,” concluded the Spaniard.