Even though it looked bleak for the first 45 minutes of the game, Barcelona managed to overturn their eventual deficit and advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Seeing how it’s the only competition in which they are still firmly alive, this is great news for the Catalans.
The papers this morning are all reacting to Ronald Koeman’s in-game management and for once, the Dutchman is being praised. Mundo Deportivo talk about a ‘reaction‘ from Barcelona as they woke up in the second part of the clash.
Even though it were Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong who put the finishing touches, there were other good performers on the night and Barcelona managed to create many chances. Not only that but they hit the post three times.
SPORT are on the same page, praising Koeman and his proper usage of substitutes.
They were asleep throughout most of the game but the changes in the second half really stirred things up for the better. This is a great sign because usually, when they go behind, there is often no coming back.
However, this Barcelona, Koeman’s Barcelona, is showing signs of improvement and is slowly but surely getting rid of their ghosts of the past.
Let’s hope it can continue long into the future.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.