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However, Hitzfeld is confident that his team, as a collective, can deal with the 27-year-old and says they aren't planning especially for him.
"Man-to-man marking against Messi? No," he is quoted as saying by Blick, "[We'll use] a very well-functioning network.
"In this way each player needs his concentration and attention levels to be extremely high.
"We must correctly take care of all our essential [roles], be ready to anticipate and be error free.
"And in this way, we can stop Messi.
"I don't dream about Messi. I enjoy him when I see him play football. I am a fan of him, like everybody who likes football.
"However, nothing he does on Tuesday will be able to inspire me, regardless of how successful he is."