Papu warns Sevilla to watch Messi

03 March 2021 03:03:43 GMTPlus10

Sevilla midfielder Alejandro 'Papu' Gomez has warned that his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi is "capable of anything" ahead of his side's second leg against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Los Rojiblancos lost 2-0 to Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but got the better of the Catalan team when they met in the Copa del Rey last month, prevailing by the same scoreline at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

When he turns it on, he is capable of anything.

Alejandro Gomez

But while Julen Lopetegui's men hold a two-goal advantage going into the return match between the sides, they will be wary of attacking star Messi, who scored and laid on an assist in the weekend win.

That has taken the 33-year-old's goal tally against Sevilla to an incredible 30 in 29 matches.

Gomez, who has played alongside Messi for the Argentina national team and joined Sevilla from Atalanta in January, is wary of what the six-time Ballon d'Or winner can do.

Speaking about Messi, Gomez said: "When he turns it on, he is capable of anything. We are going to have to be very attentive to him and the other players, hopefully it's not Leo's day.

"Being one step away from a final is to the credit of the boys. We have one more step left, we know the difficulties we have because it is not easy to get a good result from the Camp Nou.

"We are going with a good advantage but I think we will have to do things better than we did at home to get through."

Sevilla are 6.00 to beat Barcelona, who are 1.45 to win with the draw 4.75.

Messi is 1.57 to score in the anytime market, with Gomez 5.00.

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