Filipe: Robben Is Not As Good As Messi

Having played against Lionel Messi last weekend, Deportivo's former Real Madrid wingback Filipe Luis is preapring to stop Arjen Robben on Sunday and he thinks it will be an easier task.

Filipe Luis is hoping that his efforts at trying to stop Lionel Messi last week will help him cope with Arjen Robben on Sunday as he returns to Real Madrid with Deportivo de La Coruña.

The 23-year-old Brazilian spent a season on loan at Madrid Castilla, but could not break into the first team and moved to Riazor, where he has now become a regular in Miguel Ángel Lotina's team.

After being unable to stop Messi last time out, Filipe is hoping for a bettre preformance against Robben because he does not think that Dutchman is as good as the Barça star.

"It will be very difficult because he is very good, but if we play together as a team then we can stop him and Madrid as a whole," he told As.

"I am ready though having had to mark Messi last week. Robben is skilfil, fast and can cause defences problems, but there is no point in comparisons because nobody can touch Messi at the moment."

Filipe enjoyed his year-long stay at Madrid while on loan from Rentistas, but explained that with Fabio Capello at the club he was never going to be given a chance.

"It will be very special. I have a lot of affection for the club after the way that they helped me when I came to Spain. I hope to have a great game against them," he continued.

"It was a very big squad with players such as Arbeloa and Soldado, but although there was a lot of quality it was difficult to move up to the first team.

"We all wanted to succeed and we had o look elsewhere for that. I do not think that anyone has down badly.

"When I was there it was almost impossible to play in the first team because Capello was the coach and he did not like to play with his full-backs going forward much."

A year before going to Madrid, Filipe had a stint on loan at Ajax and there he became familiar with the talent of Wesley Sneijder and Rafael Van der Vaart

"I was with Van der Vaart and Sneijder at Ajax. Huntelaar is also from there, but I was at the cñlub before he came. Sneijder is very good and I think that the best from him is yet to come;" he said.

"Van der Vaart is also a terrific player and I think people should remain calm because he will show what he can do."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com