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Papers: Messi dreams of the fifth Champions League crown

The big Champions League clash is getting closer and the captain wants his fifth crown.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The local papers are still very much focused on Barcelona’s big match against Napoli this Saturday. All eyes are on the Camp Nou as Lionel Messi dreams of eventually lifting his fifth Champions League crown. But first, they’ll have to beat the Italians.

Be that as it may, Frenkie de Jong is still quite positive and optimistic. The young Dutchman was interviewed ahead of the clash and had some encouraging words for the fans. For that reason, the midfielder graces Mundo Deportivo’s cover with a title ‘De Jong at the Wheel‘.

Not only has he recovered from his injury and will start this Saturday but he’s also convinced Barcelona will go through and ‘can be champions in four games‘. This, of course, is due to UEFA’s new format for the competition that turned all games from the quarter-finals onwards into single-game ties.

Sport are still focusing on Leo, saying ‘Messi dreams of the fifth Champions League‘. As the best player on the planet and arguably of all time, it’s weird that he still has ‘only‘ four crowns to his name.

The last time the Catalans conquered Europe was back in 2015 when they also got the treble under Luis Enrique. Needless to say, it’s been too long for one of the most dominant clubs in the world.

Will this finally be Messi’s year to triumph again? If not, Barcelona will go trophyless.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Papers: Messi leads the way for Barcelona’s great win

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We needed a response from this team and we finally got it. Barcelona snatched all three points against Elche last night, registering a dominant 3-0 victory on the wings of Lionel Messi. This morning, the papers are once again hopeful Ronald Koeman may show some signs of life.

Mundo Deportivo say that there are goals and there is a league, suggesting the title race is not over just yet.

With two new goals, both coming in the second half, Messi is now once again the Pichichi leader in La Liga. The Argentine sits on 18 goals, two more than the currently second-placed Luis Suárez. But there’s still a long way to go as both Madrid teams are yet to play their games in hand.

One way or the other, though, we need to be seeing more of this in the near future. It may be a long-shot but as the paper says, there is a league.

SPORT, on the other hand, are talking about Messi specifically, and you can’t really blame them.

In an uncomfortable match against Elche, who can be a tricky opponent, Messi took over and secured the victory on the night. With this win, Barcelona are currently third in the table but could once again yield it to Sevilla should the Andalusians win their respective clash.

Big games now await the Catalan giants and hopefully, we’ll be seeing a lot more of this throughout the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

When and if that happens, there may be a league yet, as the papers almost dutifully say.

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