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The defender knows that he will have a tough evening against Messi at the Camp Nou...

Philipp Lahm has declared that he is looking to "win every challenge" against Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.

Bayern Munich travel to Barcelona for the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash knowing that a good result in Spain would set them up nicely for the second-leg in Germany.

Speaking to the official Bayern Munich website, Lahm revealed how he believes he will have his work cut out against Messi down the flank.

"He’s incredibly tough to control, because he dribbles at such pace. It’ll be a huge ask," he mused.

"I’m similar to him, very nimble. I do a lot of things instinctively...A player who’s already scored six goals in the Champions League needs to be shut out as far as possible. I’m aiming to win every challenge against him."

Certainly if Bayern can shut Messi down then they will have a better chance of winning the match, even if they have plenty of other quality players on the pitch.

Lahm says that the German side see this game as a challenge and are looking to prove themselves at the Camp Nou.

"It’s one of the best stadiums anywhere, with a fantastic atmosphere. You really look forward to these games, it’s why you’re a footballer," he explained.

"We’ve not faced any of the really big names yet, but now we’ve drawn the top favourites for the trophy. It’s our chance to show how far we’ve come on the international stage...We’re looking forward, and that means focusing on Barcelona."

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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