Lionel Messi Online video Score: three / 5
There is no arguing the fact that Gerardo Martino’s time in charge of Barcelona was one of the worst periods of time for the Spanish club as they could not clinch a single major trophy in the entire season and they had to watch how Real Madrid and Athletic Madrid claimed all their targets.
RealMadridwent on to win the Champions League and Copa del Rey while Athletic Madrid managed to squeeze past everyone in the Spanish League and lift the league title.
That underwhelming season finished with Gerardo Martino being sacked and replaced by Luis Enrique. Gerardo Martino is now the head coach ofArgentinabut he has recently revealed a few details concerning what it was like to manage a club likeBarcelonaand specially coaching a superstar player like Lionel Messi.
Many coaches would be more than happy to be in charge of high profile players such as Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but Gerardo Martino said that the job has its disadvantages too as he is always under being critiqued despite what happens in the pitch.
The former coach ofBarcelona, Gerardo Martino told the media: “When you get the chance to coach a footballer like Leo it’s very difficult to be exempt from comments and rumors. In our time together atBarcelona, it was said he was saving himself for the World Cup. But in La Liga he scored about 30 goals. There were always questions about Leo, if he scored three goals then why had he scored three goals? If he scored one, then why had he only scored one? And if didn’t score at all, it was the same.”
Gerardo Martino just couldn’t fully understand how to utilize Lionel Messi in a team and this is one of the main reasons on why he was so heavily critiqued during his tenure atCampNoubut now that he was selected as the head coach ofArgentina, Martino and Messi will be once more working alongside each other.
Lionel Messi Video clip Score: four / five
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric says that the club’s decision to bring in the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez for close to £ 100 million shows the ambition after having just won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Madrid defeated Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last season to lift the trophy. However, the biggest achievement for the team came in the form of the Champions League trophy, which was the 10th in the history of the club. Considering that they have been waiting for more than decade for this title, it was celebrated with a lot of joy.
However, focus has shifted to the next season and Madrid have strengthened the team even more by bringing in World Cup stars Kroos and Rodriguez. Both these players excelled at the World Cup 2014 with Germany and Colombia respectively. Kroos was responsible for Germany’s win in the competition after playing a starring role in the midfield, while Rodriguez finished as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Kroos has signed from Bayern Munich for £ 25 million, while Rodriguez comes from Monaco for around £ 65 million.
The club’s decision to splash out on these two big names is a sign of the ambition according to Modric, who is expected to remain a key part of the Madrid team.
“First, on a personal level, I hope to have a healthy year and avoid injury. Last year we had a great season. I hope we can repeat it and do even better [next year]. We have new players on the team – very, very good players. Expectations are always high at Real Madrid and I expect the same from the team and myself. I saw them [Kroos and Rodriguez] play in the World Cup and, for me, they were two of the best players in the competition,” said Modric.
Lionel Messi Video Ranking: 4 / five
Lionel Messi Video clip Ranking: five / five
Lionel Messi has been destroying opponents with extreme fondness for the last few years, but the media have hit back with heavy criticism of the Argentine after he has been withdrawn from the action in the last few weeks. Messi has been branded as the chief culprit behind Barcelona’s three consecutive defeats. The club has effectively played with only 10 men on the pitch during this three matches in Messi has not been working hard enough according to the media. The statistics from the Champions League defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid certainly did not help matters for the Argentine superstar.
It showed that he had covered very little ground – in fact just a little more than the goalkeeper – during this defeat that saw Barcelona fail to reach the semifinals of the competition for the first time in seven years. There have been suggestions that Messi has been trying to protect himself from burning down especially with the World Cup in mind. Former Barcelona coach Cesar Luis Menotti has also come to the support of the player by saying that the 26-year-old appears to be suffering from mental tiredness.
Messi has been constantly playing football for the last few years. This season has marked the first time the player has missed several months due to injury.
“Messi has to overcome the sadness of poor performances and rediscover the joy, pride and passion it takes to play at a club like Barcelona. I’ve seen more mental fatigue than physical. It’s normal when there are a lot of games and he has many obligations. Maybe a couple of days rest would help him recompose his head and be the best in the world again,” said the former coach. Despite his perceived problems, Messi still has scored 38 goals in the league.
Lionel Messi Video clip Ranking: 4 / 5