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Courtois holds no Messi fear

14 December 2012 15:30

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insisted he does not fear Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of their La Liga clash on Sunday.

The Argentina international broke Gerd Muller's record of scoring 85 goals during a calendar year with his double against Real Betis on December 9, and then increased his tally for the year to 88 goals with two more in the Copa del Rey clash against Cordoba.

But going into the match against the Blaugrana, the Belgium international said he is not afraid of facing the South American star.

"Do I fear Messi? No, no, I am not afraid of anyone," the 20-year-old told reporters.

"He is a great player and we respect him very much, but there is no fear.

"Now we are focused and the team wants to do their best at the Camp Nou. Barcelona have a very good group of players."

Courtois added Atletico's 3-0 cup victory over Getafe on Wednesday proved his side's hunger for success in the competition.

"The cup is very important. I have told several of my teammates of the importance of playing in the cup final for this club," he said.

"It would be spectacular, playing in a big stadium which can sometimes be 40,000 for each game. We can reach the final.

"It will be difficult. It won't be great to face either Barcelona or Real Madrid, but we must advance first in order to do so."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
16 December 2012
Game week
16
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
4 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
86637

Goals

0 - 1
31' R. Falcao
 (assist by Diego Costa)
Adriano Correia 36'
(assist by Iniesta) 
1 - 1
Busquets 45'  
2 - 1
L. Messi 57'
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
3 - 1
L. Messi 88'  
4 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5
21 36'
3
18
8
6
16 45'
10 57' 88'
9
17
Coach: Tito Vilanova
# Player Bookings
13
23
20
3
2
14
4 47'
10
6
9 31'
19
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11 86'
7
2
13
14
25
37

Monday 20 October

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15:42
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06:43
06:40
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05:32
05:31
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +22 22
2 8 +7 19
3 8 +21 18
4 8 +10 17
5 8 +7 17
6 8 +5 14
7 8 +2 13
8 8 -1 12
9 8 -1 11
10 8 -1 9
11 8 -2 9
12 8 -2 9
13 8 -7 8
14 7 -7 7
15 8 -8 7
16 7 -3 5
17 8 -7 5
18 8 -11 5
19 8 -16 5
20 8 -8 4

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