Lucky to have worked under Guardiola: Messi

Lucky to have worked under Guardiola: Messi
Lionel Messi
BARCELONA, DEC 27 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/27/2020 12:30:12 PM IST

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said that he was “lucky” to have played under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. Messi especially heaped praise on Guardiola, who is currently head coach of Manchester City.

“He makes you see things in one way: how he prepares for matches, defensively, how to attack... he told you exactly how the match was going to be, how you had to attack to win,” Messi told Spanish television channel La Sexta.

“I was lucky to train under Guardiola and Luis Enrique, the two best. Having them made me grow a lot physically and mentally, and also the tactical wisdom they’ve taught me.”

Messi was a mainstay in Guardiola and Enrique’s Barcelona teams that won the Champions League. The team that Guardiola led at the Camp Nou, considered one of the greatest of all time in the history of world football, saw Messi team up with the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta and won as many as 14 major titles in five years.

Under Enrique, Messi was part of a lethal front three with Luis Suarez and Neymar and led Barca to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in the 2014/15 season.

Messi has been linked with a move to Manchester City, where he would be reunited with Guardiola, since he expressed a desire to leave Barcelona in the summer.

Messi to miss Eibar game with ankle injury

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will miss Tuesday’s match at home to Eibar due to an ankle injury, the La Liga club said on Sunday. Barca said in a statement here that Messi, who is in the last year of his contract and is free to negotiate a move to rival clubs for free in 2021, is undergoing treatment on his right ankle and will return to training before their visit to Huesca on Jan. 3.

The Argentine returned to his home city of Rosario via private jet immediately after scoring in Barca’s 3-0 win away to Real Valladolid on Dec. 22.


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