Lionel Messi’s greatness is so evident, so obvious, that it merely can’t be denied. The Argentine makes the declare for not solely one of the best participant in historical past, however for the best goal-scorer, best playmaker, best dribbler, and the best passer. Prior to now, rival coaches, and gamers have all confessed their respect for the good man. Jose Mourinho put him beside Diego Maradona and Pele as the best three gamers ever, whereas Gianluigi Buffon referred to as him an alien.
Former Actual Madrid coach Julien Lopetegui is a fan himself. As Barcelona put together to sq. as much as his Sevilla facet, Lopetegui held Messi in extremely excessive reward in his pre-game presser, saying, “Barça has, with none doubt, one of the best participant in historical past: Leo Messi.”
Admittedly, Messi doesn’t have one of the best of information in opposition to Lopetegui’s Sevilla. Having confronted them on 4 events, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has not more than only one aim in opposition to them, which got here in a 4-0 drubbing at Camp Nou. Moreover, Barcelona are additionally winless in opposition to the Seville outfit in three video games, registering two attracts and one loss — the 2-0 defeat within the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
Lopetegui didn’t get the possibility to face Messi throughout his time with Actual Madrid. The one Clasico he oversaw was the 5-1 battering Madrid obtained by the hands of Ernesto Valverde’s facet. Messi was out as a consequence of an ankle harm he picked up earlier that month, however Luis Suarez didn’t present any mercy to the Los Blancos, hitting three previous them, whereas Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal grabbed a aim every.
Tomorrow, the onus is on Lionel Messi and co. to go on the market and seize all three factors within the hope of going 5 factors clear off at present fourth-placed Sevilla. The perimeters are ready to satisfy once more in midweek as a part of the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals at Camp Nou.
Supply: El Chiringuito