After the surprising defeat against Alaves before the international break, Barcelona has made a comeback against Celtic and Leganes in La Liga. Luis Enrique surprisingly switched the formation from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3. The midfield consisted of Iniesta, Rakitic, Rafinha and Jordi Alba who linked up very well. Umtiti, Pique, and Mascherano were 3 at the back but failed to impress. There were glitches at the defending line, and any giant team would have easily humiliated Barca. The 3 up front were the 3 destructive Messi, Suarez, and Neymar. They once again showed how well the 3 could link up with each other. Lionel Messi Scores 2 Goals to Lead Barcelona 5-1 Comfortable Win againt Liga newcomer Leganes, Leo has also provided 1 assist to Suarez.
The degree of selflessness that this trio shows is something beyond words. Leo scored the opening goal in the game against Leganes which was assisted by Luis Suarez. Leo then provided an assist to Suarez which he himself could have easily scored but preferred to let Suarez score. After half Barcelona won a penalty and Messi confidently netted the ball in the top right corner. Messi missed a few chances and a few chances created by him were wasted by his team-mates. Or else Leo’s today’s stats would have been as great as his performance today.
Lionel Messi Scores 2 Goals to Lead Barcelona 5-1 Comfortable Win against Leganes
Since the start of the season 2016/17, Messi is in a great form. Perhaps he is working even harder after that Copa America loss which left him devastated. He showcased his lethal form in the pre-season friendlies as well. Since the start of the official season, Messi has scored 9 goals and provided 4 assists for club and country.
Leo Messi played the first game against Sevilla for Spanish Super Cup where he scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist. He lifted his first trophy as a captain since Andres Iniesta was out injured. Real Betis was his next victim whom he destroyed in the opening fixture of La Liga. Barcelona won the game 6-2 and Leo scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist. The next game against Athletic Bilbao was not a one Messi would like to save in his memories. He missed few chances and wasn’t directly involved in the goal scored by Barcelona.
Messi picked up an injury after the game against Bilbao and played with a discomfort against Uruguay in WorldCup qualifiers. Even though he was injured, Leo managed to score the only goal in the game to take home 3 points. After his return to Barcelona, he played Celtic and humiliated the opponents. 7-0 was the final score for Barcelona and Messi scored 3 and provided 1 assist to take the match ball home.