Barcelona’s 2019/20 season has been full of ups and downs but unfortunately for the Catalans, when everything is said and done, mostly downs. Still, even when the whole club is on fire, you can count on one man and it doesn’t take a wild guess to get his name right. And perhaps unsurprisingly at this stage, Lionel Messi makes history once again.
Today’s newspaper covers are full of the little Argentine who’s somehow breaking records even when the ship is sinking and the club hitting new lows. Sport have gone with a cover that says ‘Captain Messi‘, highlighting how he is changing the team so that they are ready to face Napoli in August.
But they also talk about his seventh Pichichi as the best goal-scorer for the season in LaLiga. Of course, this personal accolade, just like any other, is completely secondary to him and all he cares about is the team’s success.
Mundo Deportivo are all about breaking records and their cover celebrates Barcelona’s talisman as Lionel Messi makes history again – 1001 goal contributions with both club and country combined.
On a purely club level, however, he’s also unstoppable, tallying his seventh Pichichi and equalling the likes of ‘Torpedo‘ Müller and Eusebio who have done the same in their time and their respective leagues.
As for LaLiga, Telmo Zarra was the man to beat and now even the legendary forward is behind in the pecking order and inferior to Messi. But there is no shame in that since it’s true for probably every footballer on the planet.
Even when his team is plummeting to new lows, Messi finds a way to shine. But for how long can he keep dragging this team forward? We’ll have to wait and see.
Koeman speaks in the press conference ahead of the Celta Vigo game
Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press-conference ahead of Barça’s clash against Celta Vigo on Thursday. The Dutch manager explained what he expects from the game, and answered several questions about his players.
“We expect a difficult game from our opponent. Barça have a difficult history at the Balaídos. Celta possesses a great team so we must give our best in order to win the game.”Ronald Koeman
Koeman also confirmed that he will play with the same line-up as he did against Villarreal:
“There is no need to make any rotations for tomorrow’s game. This team should not play differently away from home. We should not play differently no matter where we are. We have a great team and we will see how the squad performs outside of the Camp Nou.”Ronald Koeman
The Dutch manager added that the Catalan club is actively looking for a striker, and that there are many options on the table:
“We are looking for a number 9, and there are many options. I will not mention the names of the players we are interested in.”Ronald Koeman
Lastly, Koeman gave his opinion on Barça’s latest signing Sergino Dest:
“Dest is a young player who can help us a lot. He has participated in the Champions League, and he will be very useful.”Ronald Koeman