Messi with his family, before the game against Valladolid.ALBERT GEA / Reuters Dembélé rescues Barcelona
In the inauguration as president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta got to the point. "I come here to send and try to convince Messi to stay," he clarified while eliciting a smile from 10 to remind him that with the field full and the daily ovations it would be more difficult for him to make the decision to take Villadiego's. Laporta, in any case, was not joking.
That is why he decided to pay him a small tribute in the stadium by surpassing Xavi as the player with the most matches with the Barça shirt in LaLiga. 767 matches touching the sky, read [although there are already 768] on the sign, later adorned by a family photo with Leo and Antonella, also with their children Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.
It is not known what decision Leo will make, but Yes, the will of Laporta and Barcelona to keep the captain is appreciated, even though they can no longer seduce him with money. So the project is of interest, also the titles. And the Argentine, against Valladolid, once again made it clear that whatever happens, the shirt feels. "We're going to put one more march on, go ahead," he demanded from the dressing room in the intermission, while telling the delegate that the referee had him in their sights. "He wants to get me a card … Incredible" .
A card that would leave him without the classic. But it did not happen, and neither did his goal. And that he tried with two deflected fouls, a volley shot, another shot that was lost in the rival legs, a couple more from outside the area that caressed the post … But, for once, he did not get away with it. hers. Although Dembélé did it on the horn. “Ousmane is at a good level and gives us a lot in one-on-one. He has played in the three positions above and has scored the goal ”, complimented Koeman, who slipped that he would like him to continue in the team. "It doesn't surprise me," said Lenglet ; “He has not played much due to injuries, but now he is calm with this issue and when he is physically well he is like that, a very good dribbler, who uses both legs and has a lot of speed. He gives us a lot and I'm happy for him because he has worked hard and he deserves it ”. De Jong joined in: "Luckily he made it because we suffered a lot to win the game." Koeman added: “This is a very important win. We have not played well, but we have achieved the victory because we have looked for it to the end. ”
A match that was easier for Barça after Plano rammed Dembélé from behind. “The expulsion has hurt us and I have told the referee that the VAR is here to help us. Valladolid is in the same competition as Barcelona and we deserve the same treatment. The thing is that the hand is very clear – from Alba in the area – and the red one … We play a lot, ”lamented coach Sergio González. "It is a rigorous expulsion, a divided ball," defended goalkeeper Masip. Lenglet did not see it the same: “For me it is red. Entry from behind that can be dangerous, even if it has not hurt. ”
Barcelona continues with its march, with 13 wins in the last 14 games and without knowing the defeat in LaLiga since November 2020. Messi also follows for the moment .
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