Barcelona came away with a 4-0 win in Kyiv. The backup squad had a super second-half performance and many youngsters ran the show. In the end, Ronald Koeman’s choice to leave Frenkie de Jong and Lionel Messi at home was an astute one.
With that triumph, the Catalans have now qualified for the round of 16. They are the first team to do so along with Chelsea, Sevilla, and Juventus, who all qualified tonight. The Spanish side has twelve points in the Champions League. They have won more points in Europe than in the league. In La Liga, Messi and co. have won 11 points and sit in 13th.
After battering Juventus in Turin a month ago, everyone felt like Barça would top their group yet again. Now, with four wins from four, they are in pole position to do so. However, their league form has to improve. Against Osasuna this weekend, the Catalans have to redeem themselves just like they did tonight.
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.