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The Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura has left in defence of the star striker Lionel Messi by saying that below par performances from the Argentine should be accepted by the fans and the media because he is also a human. Messi has set incredible standards over the years that people expect him to score a goal every game. However, the Argentine has not been at his best in recent matches, which has also coincided with one of the poor run of forms for Barcelona in recent history. The team recently lost their third match out of the lost four encounters.
Barcelona have also lost to their arch rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. As a result, they have been knocked out of the competition 4-2 on aggregate. They are also in danger of being knocked out of the Champions League as well due to the first leg 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of the Italian club AC Milan. The Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is currently undergoing treatment for his cancer, which has left his assistant Jordi Roura in charge of first-team matters. The Spanish newspaper Marca recently reported that Messi had missed training, but Roura insisted that it was not a major problem as he was just feeling ill.
“When you have the best player in the world in your team and he doesn’t score, you notice that. But it’s just incidental. He can go as many games as he wants without scoring, because he will start to do so again. He had a temperature yesterday (Thursday), but he is recovering well,” said Roura about the poor form experienced by Messi. “He is doing well and is upbeat. He is continuing his treatment. That gives us confidence and makes us happy,” said Roura about the Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova.
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The Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella has praised the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the way he has been playing with the national team for the last two years. Alejandro Sabella took over as the national team manager two years ago. He has finally managed to get the best out of the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who has always been criticised for not producing the best for the national team. Now, the 25-year-old has sort of replicated the Barcelona form by scoring a lot of goals, which has led to the praise from the manager.
Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the best player in the world, but there has always been a criticism that he has not produced the best for Argentina. However, Alejandro Sabella has modified the national team in such a way that it is built around Lionel Messi rather than the Argentine being just a cog in a wheel. Almost every other player present in the national team play in such a way as to help the 25-year-old score goals. It has certainly reflect that in the last two years of results because Messi with the goals is about to go past the Argentina legend Maradona, who has 33 goals.
“Messi is playing exceptional football. He’s really, really inspired and the group around him is responding,” Sabella said after the recent match. Argentina are currently top of the World Cup qualifying group for the South American nations. They are undoubtedly one of the favourites to win the World Cup alongside Brazil. Argentina recently had two great matches against Chile and Uruguay, in which they managed to come out in front right comfortably due to the presence of Lionel Messi. Now, they will face friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Brazil before taking part in the World Cup qualifying matches once again.
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The Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano has said that the decision taken by the Spanish club Barcelona to sign the former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is one of the best. The Catalan club recently secured the signing of the Cameroon international midfielder for around £ 15 million, joining Cesc Fabregas in moving from the Emirates to Camp Nou.
The 24-year-old was one of the impressive players for Arsenal last season, and it emerged as a surprise that Barcelona were interested in him. It did not take many weeks of negotiations for the Spanish club after they quickly managed to agree a fee for the player. The former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has said that he has seen enough of the Cameroon international to suggest that he will be a success at the camp Nou.
Javier Mascherano was originally signed as the defensive midfielder to be the competition for the youth team product Sergio Busquets. However, he was made to play in the central defensive positions by the former manager Guardiola, and it has remained with him since the arrival of the new manager Tito Vilanova as well. As a result, the club are looking for a competition for Sergio Busquets especially after the departure of Seydou Keita. It has arrived in the form of the 24-year-old Alex Song.
“There were problems at centre back even before I arrived. But this year, with the arrival of Alex Song, hopefully that will stop. There may be times when he does not look like a natural defender, but he will make up for that with his attitude, desire and focus. It happened to me as well,” said the Argentine midfielder. He has said that playing in the defensive midfield position for Barcelona is one of the toughest in the world. Song’s aerial ability will come in handy to the team when they come up against physical teams.