Ever since Lionel Messi started… blessing world football with his unique skills, Ernesto Valverde had been ‘suffering’ as the coach of a team facing Barcelona. Now, he can finally sit back and enjoy Leo being… Leo.
With Leo Messi, the feeling you have is that something good will always happen for us. I suffered a lot when I had to face him as a coach but now I get to enjoy him. He’s involved in everything
Ernesto Valverde told reporters after Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus on the opening day of the Champions League group stage, a match that had Messi’s signature all over it.
The first goal just before the break changed everything. We were about to finish the first half and we had some problems because the rival was making it difficult for us. Nobody saw the gap and he found it, but I emphasise the involvement of Messi from all points of view
Valverde said, having seen the Argentine superstar score Barca’s first goal, assist in their second (scored by Ivan Rakitic), and then finding the back of the net again, to make it 3-0, his first goals ever past Gianluigi Buffon.
He is one of the best players in the history of the club, it is normal to talk about him. He also has a great tactical understanding
the Barcelona coach added, thrilled to have Messi on his side, and not against him.