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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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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

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Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.

This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.

Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.

‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.

However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.

March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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