For Virgil van Dijk, voted the best player of the Premier League, this semi-final of the Champions League between Barcelona and Liverpool will be the ultimate test value.
The numbers say that no player has dribbled the season in the Premier League, and that Vince van Dyck remains on 45 consecutive games without being cleared by an opponent. But on Wednesday night at Camp Nou, this footballer is not exactly like the others that the Dutch colossus will pass, in the semifinals of the Champions League. His appointment with Lionel Messi, who splashes his class all over the competition, will therefore have a final test value.
The Argentinian striker is 13 cm shorter than him, and he went to others.Jérôme Boteng, by "La Pulga" on May 1, 2015, still remembers that.VVD "suffer the same fate against Barça?" For him, the question does not arise. Not in these terms. "I think he's the best player in the world, but you know how to play and how to defend", Explains Batavian International (27 years), quoted by the daily newspaper The Custodian.
"We are not defending one after the other, we are protecting everyone and we are also falling together, so we'll see, we'll be ready"Adds the one who has just selected the best player in England. Virgil van Dijk who, what he says, seems to embody the most effective response of the Golden Ball Five. "We are in the semi-final against FC Barcelona and we stand in front of the best player in the world, but it is not only he.All the staff has quality"He warns.
The red boss knows what he's talking about. In 2013, when he played in Celtic, he has been challenged by Blaugranas, the same day Lionel Messi. And despite his good performance, he and the Scots took a lesson. "When we lose 6-1, as a defender, we can not say we played a good game, he said. The positive thing is that I have accumulated a lot of experience and it helped me. But I think it will be completely different from the last time. " Let's hope for Liverpool …