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7 August, Friday

Messi explains why it is hard to pass Van Dijk

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Not many players have managed to get past Virgil van Dijk in the past 18 months, even Lionel Messi struggled, and now Messi has explained exactly why he's so difficult to get past.

When most defenders get dribbled past no one takes much notice, when it happens to Van Dijk, or sometimes when it actually doesn't, it's headline news everywhere.

Even Messi couldn't manage it in last season's Champions League semi final and, talking to Marca, the Barcelona superstar explained why the Dutchman is so difficult to get past, saying, "He is a defender who knows how to judge his timing and wait for the right moment to challenge or jockey.

"He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height.

"He is fast because of its great stride, and he is impressive both in defence and attack because he scores lots of goals."

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