Barcelona were better than Juventus on Wednesday. Everyone noticed how good they were and the improvements they made from the El Clasico loss. Along with Pedri, Lionel Messi was the pick of the bunch, and he was at the centre of both goals in Turin.
Messi was so mesmerising that Italian legend Christian Vieri ran out of superlatives to describe the Argentine. Messi scored from the penalty spot after his outrageous pass to Ousmane Dembélé resulted in the opener. Vieri said that the day Messi retires he will throw his TV away after comparing Messi to Harry Potter, a magician. Vieri added that Messi’s retirement would make him stop watching football and go towards Netflix.
Vieri didn’t stop his praise here. He told his fellow pundits that Barcelona were just ‘too good for Juventus’. He also doesn’t understand how they lost in El Clasico on Saturday. Big praise for the Catalans.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.