Three games. That’s all it takes for the Catalan giants to be champions of Europe once again. But seeing who awaits on the other side at the end of the week, one thing becomes crystal clear. Lionel Messi will have to lead Barcelona to another huge victory against Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians are among the best teams on the planet and they have shown it with a routing of Chelsea, both home and away. But the papers are sure – the Argentine is Barça’s ticket to the semi-final. Sport are even talking about the ‘Messi factor‘.
They say the Azulgrana see themselves winning in Lisbon because of the Argentine’s great form. He is, after all, the player who has played the most quarter-finals in the competition, as well as being the top-scorer in this round.
Mundo Deportivo also believe Messi can lead Barcelona to victory against Bayern Munich. He has done it before and he can do it again, against all the odds.
The title, ‘Messi, Bayern’s Nightmare‘, says it all. He has only picked up a bruise from his clash with Kalidou Koulibaly and will be available to play this coming Friday. And that’s bad news for the opposition.
Messi bagged a brace against Bayern in 2009 and then did it again in 2015. If he’s up for it on the night, Barcelona have every chance to advance.
After all, with him on their side, everything is possible.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.