At a sponsorship event in Barcelona on Friday afternoon, Lionel Messi claimed that Barcelona is heading towards another treble and promised the fans that he and his team will give their best to achieve the targets set.
Leo Messi has shown no signs that his career is ready to slow down as he played a key role for Barcelona as they progressed to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol at home. He added the crucial second goal on the night after Luis Suarez had opened the scoring for the Spanish Giants. And his goal in the Espanyol win brought with it further history for the talisman and his goal was Barcelona’s 4000th goal at the Camp Nou.
And with Cristiano Ronaldo enduring a disappointing start with Los Blancos, Lionel Messi has flourished this term and has already surpassed Bayern Munich legend Gerd Müller as Europe’s top scorer with a single club. Barcelona has been drawn to face Valencia in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey as Ernesto Valverde’s men plot a treble trophy haul at the end of the season. Barcelona next awaits Chelsea in the Champions League last-16.
Ahead of the league game against Alaves on Sunday, Messi said: “The objective is the same every season, try to win everything. I’ve said it many times that my own personal objective is to help the team win titles. We hope to finish this season in the best way possible and it’s going very well so far. There’s still a lot of football to play but luckily things are panning out well and we came back well against Espanyol.”
Messi also praised the new coach Ernesto Valverde, who took over the club as their manager this season after a disappointing final campaign under Luis Enrique that saw Real Madrid winning the La Liga and Champions League. Speaking of Ernesto Valverde, Messi said: “The new coach was very clear in telling us what he wanted, which was rather similar to what we did before really. But things have tightened up at the back and we have the forwards to do the damage.”
Messi: "Individual awards ? That's not my goal. I want to win collective awards." pic.twitter.com/eHJBLWojio
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The Argentine has often been the only player to play every minute of each game, but his age and the needs of the team will mean that he’ll fall into line with everyone. Speaking of squad rotation under Valverde, Messi said: “The coach decides. I speak to him often and I have no problem in rotating, like my other teammates. Luckily, things are going well and we passed a tough test against Espanyol.”
Considering the kind of Barcelona have made to the season, they are clearly the favorites for a treble-trophy haul this season.
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