Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman stepped out and praised Lionel messi, after the Argentine superstar played a starring role in the 5-1 victory over Alaves.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Koeman said:
“Well we know Leo is a decisive player, he’s been doing it for many years, he’s very focused. He’s excited, he’s happy and he was very efficient in front of goal.
“He’s someone who when we pass between the lines to find him gives a load of depth for the rest of the players and makes them even easier for him,” Koeman continued.
“He has a great vision for the game, so of course if we are to try to pass or aspire to win trophies, having Messi at his best is vital, but we also need everyone at the best. important, “he concluded. .
Lionel Messi scored a brace and was involved in two more goals as Barcelona beat Alaves 5-1 to take second place in the La Liga table.
The game saw him equal Xavi Hernandez for the club’s highest La Liga appearances and he celebrated the milestone with his 15th league goal of the season.
Barcelona’s attention will now turn to Tuesday’s confrontation with PSG in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona rely on Lionel Messi to make a difference in Europe
Barcelona’s chances of success on the national stage are at stake. The UEFA Champions League represents the best opportunity for the Blaugrana to end the season with a trophy.
The Catalans were paired with Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16 at UCL, with the first leg scheduled to take place at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Barcelona’s chances have been bolstered by the absence of former player Neymar as the Brazilian has been ruled out for injury.
Despite the absence of their talisman, PSG still have enough high-quality players to claim victory and Barcelona will rely on their skipper to lead forward
The Camp Nou side have not lifted the UEFA Champions League since 2015 and are desperate to get their hands on the ‘big ears’.
The quality of the two clubs means that the draw seems even. But if Lionel Messi can perform at his usual elite level, Barcelona will appreciate his chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
Posted on Feb 14, 2021 at 6:28 PM IST