Barcelona: Messi was "simply incredible", says Dortmund's Favre

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre labelled Lionel Messi "simply incredible" in his side's loss to Barcelona.

Messi was 'simply incredible', says Favre

Lionel Messi was "simply incredible" for Barcelona in their 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, says Lucien Favre.

Messi scored and provided two assists as Barça secured top spot in Group F on Wednesday.

Making his 700th appearance for the LaLiga giants, Messi broke a Champions League record by scoring against a 34th different team.

"You have to commit a foul to stop Messi"

Favre, who is under pressure at the helm of Dortmund, was mesmerised by the star's performance.

"He played as a false nine and was simply incredible," he told a news conference.

"He waits really well for the ball and moves very well between the lines. And when he gets the ball, it gets pretty complicated.

"You have to commit a foul to stop him. Otherwise it's very, very difficult.

"He is speeding up so fast, his dribbling is so good and then his final pass is also very dangerous."

Dortmund are third in the group, level on points with second-placed Inter, and host Slavia Prague on the final matchday on 10 December.