Messi, walking during the Barça-Seville


The puzzle of Lionel Messi in the FC Barcelona

Published:20/10/2020 - 12:00h

Updated:21/10/2020 - 04:12h

Anybody doubts that Lionel Messi was the best footballer of the world but, since it has begun the season, has left a lot of doubts regarding his performances

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To date, Lionel Messi has contested six meetings (four with the Barça and two with Argentina) and registers two goals, both from the point penalti and one with each team. Since it announced that it wanted to abandon the Barça, his performance has not been the same and has left more doubts that tarpaulins, with a puzzle that still does not attain descifrar the Barcelona, neither the trainer.

With the beginning of campaign after the controversy of the summer, in which Messi almost abandons the Camp Nou, all the focuses have been on the Argentinian forward, that still does not finish of despegar under the orders of Ronald Koeman. In the most recent party, the defeat 1-0 in front of the Getafe, the captain culé hardly appeared. It registered 30 good passes in 90 minutes. In comparison, Pedri, that played half hour less, completed 29.

The first piece that does not fit in the puzzle of Messi is his position. Koeman Has given back to the Argentinian the paper of false nine, with which annotated 73 goals for the Barça in the season 2011-2012, but has not worked him. It has begun in the right band and afterwards has moved to the centre of the field, but neither has surrendered there.

In front of the Seville and Getafe, Messi kept active during the first part. Although it was imprecise of face to the arch, generated occasions and contributed to a large extent to the offensive game of the Barça. However, in the second part, disappeared when the team more needed it. In front of the Seville, tightened in the last minutes and was about to to annotate, but remained without petrol. Against the Getafe, went even more difficult that felt comfortable, especially after the fault of Nyom.

They do not remain doubts that the level of the Barcelona improved with the arrival to the bench of the Dutch technician, mainly in the defensive saga, but in the last two parties, have showed that the way is long and there are a lot of things that improve, like the efficiency of the attack, in which Messi is the protagonist.

In addition to situating to Antoine Griezmann, that neither finish of despegar, the Dutch technician has to follow working in the positioning of Messi. Although it is true that it has to give step to the youngest players, as Ansu Fati or Pedri, continue being the best player of the team and, more important still, the turning point of the Barça.

At the end of the past season, the picture blaugrana characterised for depending on what did or no Messi. Every time that the Argentinian changed of rhythm, the team also did it. When it looked for balloons in the centre of the field, the Barça had his best opportunities of face to the arch but, if Messi did not find comfortable, his team neither. And it is something that, at least up to now, repeats .

In the last half hour of party, is when the Barcelona more needs to Messi. Although Koeman tries to freshen to the team with the entry of new players, big part of the attack keeps on being responsibility of the Argentinian forward and has not been determinant as it expects .

Messi has played all the minutes

The exhaustion can be one of the factors that help to descifrar the puzzle in which it has converted Messi, the one who has contested all the minutes in this season. Koeman Aimed that if there were not physical problems, Messi went to be headline in the meetings of this week, in the Champions League and the visit of the Real Madrid to the Camp Nou for The Classical.

But the tiredness can be happening him bill to Leo Messi and, in some point, the Dutch will need rotar in his alignment. The positive, is that the Argentinian is very effective from the bench. It has marked 24 goals going out as acting. Only they surpass him Saltworks, with 28 so many, and Of Paula, with 27, showing that it is a player that can resolve a party in the last half hour of party.

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