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With the build-up close to coming to a head for the heavyweight quarterfinal meeting at the Lusail Stadium, the talk has once again turned to keeping Messi quiet, as it has done for the majority of his stellar career.
But Van Gaal was not to be pressed on the matter, claiming it would be 'stupid' of him to let slip his plans before the game, which takes place at 7pm.
Louis van Gaal was quick to shut down questions on how he plans to shut down Lionel Messi
When asked how he intends to suppress the mercurial Messi on Friday evening, Van Gaal was initially reticent before downplaying the difficulty of doing do.
'We're not going to reveal any plans to you - it would be pretty stupid of us to do so.' he said, rebuking any attempts for a closer insight to his intentions.
'But it's not that difficult to come up with an answer as to how to stop him. You might want to block and close