Champions League: Chris Smalling Dares Messi, Says 'Bring It On
Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba celebrating their goals against Man City. Getty Images

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is confident of taming Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in their Champions League first leg quarter-final clash on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the last-eight showdown at Old Trafford, Smalling, 29, stressed that his team know what to expect, having faced heavyweights earlier in the competition.

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“This season, we have been lucky enough to face Cristiano Ronaldo & Kylian Mbappe and they are all challenges that I definitely relish and I think players at this club relish,” he said.

“I say bring it on,” he added.