Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra is confident he will be
able to negate the threat of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in next
Wednesday's Champions League final.
The French international has the unenviable task of attempting to
keep the diminutive Argentine quiet in Rome, as the Red Devils bid to
become the first team to ever win back-to-back Champions League crowns.
But the 28-year-old, who celebrated winning the Premier League title
last weekend following United's goalless draw with Arsenal, feels he is
back to his best in time to help Sir Alex Ferguson's side complete a
quadruple of trophies in 2008/09.
"Every year I think I have improved. I have been honoured to be
named in the world's best XI twice, the Premier League XI twice, and
things like that make you believe," he said.
"You can be the best left-back in the world but if you play badly in the final, people will say you're the worst.
"Of course, I am playing against Messi, so it won't be easy."
And the former Monaco man is quick to dismiss suggestions that Messi will give him a torrid time similar to the one Spurs
livewire winger Aaron Lennon dished out during this year's Carling Cup final at Wembley.
"I had one bad game in the Carling Cup final and people said I wasn't the same player as last year," he said.
"I've played for Manchester United for three years and had one bad
game, so I was actually happy with the criticism because it made me
believe I'm the best left-back in the world.
"When you've had one bad game and people are criticising you, it makes you proud. I said after that, 'okay, we will see'.
"After that I think I showed people who criticised me my real form
again, and you can see that now. I think the criticism helps you become
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