AC Milan should man-mark Messi, says Berlusconi

The Rossoneri president is anticipating a tough clash against Barcelona on Wednesday, and hinted that Massimiliano Allegri will see out his contract at San Siro
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi believes that Barcelona star Lionel Messi should be man-marked in their upcoming Champions League last-16 encounter on Wednesday.

The former Prime Minister of Italy has emphasised that he will not be telling Massimiliano Allegri how to set up the team, and is aware of the task at hand.

"It will be very difficult to beat Barcelona," the former Italian Prime Minister told RTL 102.5.

"I still haven’t found the time to talk to boss Allegri, but I won’t tell him what side to pick – I've never done that.

"I know the role of the president and that of the coach – I respect those – but a president has the right to give advice to his coach.

"On this occasion my suggestion would be that Messi is man-marked."

Berlusconi then went on to confirm that the former Cagliari boss is likely to be in charge at San Siro for one more season.

"If a president doesn't agree with a coach then he fires him, but Allegri is still here and has a contract for another year."

Milan and Barca kick off at 20:45CET on Wednesday.