FOOTBALL: A Leo with 45 goals in 42 games this season, he would be wrong to deprive himself
There is a lot of talk about Lionel Messi these days in Manchester. On the side of United, we will come back, but also City, where the failures of Pep Guardiola in the Champions League start to weary. The favorite argument of haters? The Catalan coach, whose last victory in C1 goes back to 2011, can not do it since he no longer has the Argentinian to save his buttocks.
Ernesto Valverde is well placed to know that life is obviously not the same with or without Leo. The current coach of Barcelona enjoyed Tuesday the demonstration of his player in the quarter-final return to Manchester United (3-0). A double striker, the Argentinean brought FC Barcelona back into the final four of the C1 for the first time in four years. “We will not apologise for having Messi, c’est une chance qu’il soit avec nous », a-t-il souri après la rencontre.
Top scorer of this C1, the Argentine has hit 10 times this season, and 110 times over his entire career. And with 45 goals in 42 games this season, he can dream of a new Liga-Coupe-C1 hat-trick with his club (as in 2009 and 2015) and a sixth Golden Ball that would make him take the lead against to Ronaldo.
“It’s an exceptional talent. Between him and Cristiano, they have been the best players in the world over the last decade. Tonight, Messi showed why we think that and why he won so many titles. We can prepare to face him, but when he is given time and space, he creates opportunities and scores goals, “reacted helplessly, said the coach of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer . His guard David De Gea will have nightmares for a while
David de Gea a affronté le FC Barcelone au Camp Nou à deux reprises dans sa carrière :
FC Barcelone – Atlético (3-0) en 2010/11 :
FC Barcelone – Manchester United (3-0) en 2018/19 :
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— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) April 17, 2019