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Henry impressed by Messi magic at Barcelona

STUTTGART, Germany, Oct 2 (Reuters) All the talk in Barcelona is of Ronaldinho's possible return but Thierry Henry is just looking forward to playing again alongside Lionel Messi in today's Champions League game against VfB Stuttgart.

Frank Rijkaard will decide only today whether Ronaldinho is fit enough to return in the Group E match but either way the Catalans should have firepower to spare.

Henry netted a hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Levante at the weekend, his first league goals since moving from Arsenal and Messi grabbed the fourth to cap another outstanding display.

''Leo at the moment is on a high and he has been for a long time,'' Henry said of the Argentine at a news conference yesterday.

''What he does is incredible and I have to make sure I don't just watch him but to move as well.

''We haven't played that many games together yet but at the moment it seems there is a good understanding between us.'' Henry scored his first Barcelona goal in the 3-0 win over Olympique Lyon in their first Champions League outing and as he approaches full match fitness he is looking forward to returning to Europe's top club competition.

''The Champions League is always special wherever I've been,'' said the 30-year-old French striker, who played in the Arsenal team that lost to Barcelona in the 2006 final. ''When you hear the music...'' He added: ''I feel way better. I'm attacking the ball and running. My legs are back. Now I need more games. It can get even better but for now I'm good.'' REUTERS BJR RK0941

Story first published: Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 16:55 [IST]
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