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Papers: Still in ‘Phase Messi’; many options for Setién

Today’s newspaper covers feature Lionel Messi and Quique Setién’s options within the squad.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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On today’s newspaper covers, Sport are highlighting Lionel Messi’s incredible form upon the return of LaLiga while Mundo Deportivo state Quique Setién has many options to choose from within the squad.

And interestingly enough, the two covers seem quite different for once. Sport are going with Barcelona’s dependence on the Argentine, stating that the Catalans are still in ‘Phase Messi’ as he demonstrated his incredible abilities once again against Mallorca, both in form and leadership.

Messi bagged two assists and a goal and was overall incredible on the night. He also became the first player to score more than 20 goals in 12 consecutive seasons. A small section of the cover was also dedicated to Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Eibar.

Mundo Deportivo, however, are saying Setién now has many options with Martin Braithwaite and 16 other players already putting their names on the scoresheet this season.

They also highlight Arturo Vidal’s seventh goal and the fact Luis Suárez has also made his big return to action following the knee surgery he underwent back before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Small sections of the cover were also dedicated to their rivals – to Real Madrid for their 3-1 win over Eibar and to Atletico Madrid for their one-all draw against Athletic Club.

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