LUIS ENRIQUE ANNOYED BY MESSI SUBSTITUTION TALKS

Barcelona head coach, Luiz Enrique refused to reveal why he chose to substitute Lionel Messi during the routine La Liga victory against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

The Argentine maestro scored his team’s second goal of their 3-0 win at Camp Nou with a sublime free-kick – breaking Ronald Koeman’s Barca free-kick record of 26 goals – but was surprisingly hauled off after just 64 minutes.

No Secrets with Lionel Messi, says Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique says that he does not keep any secrets from star striker Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona manager was asked questions about substituting Lionel Messi for the first time this year. The star striker was taken off in the 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao during the weekend. Messi continued his incredible record in front of goal by scoring in yet another game to take his league tally to 16 for the season. He has scored from a free kick. Just as Messi was withdrawn, it became clear that the striker was not happy with the decision.

GERMANY PLAY 0-0 DRAW WITH ITALY

The much-expected clash between the German national team and Italy ended anti-climatically as no goal was scored.

Both sides met for a rematch of their Euro 2016 quarterfinals in Milan on Tuesday, taking advantage of the international break. Germany had defeated their counterparts through a penalty shootout during the summer clash in Bordeaux. The game had ended 1-1 after regular time but the German machines won the shootout that followed.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi continues to break records

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the 2 football players that for the past decade have been making their way in the headlines of sporting magazines and websites.

The main reason of why they have traditionally been making so much buzz in the media is because of their performances, goals and everything that they have consistently managed to accomplish with their respective clubs.

Difficult to Stop Messi in This Form

Luis Enrique says that no manager has managed to figure out a way to stop Lionel Messi when the Argentine is on song. Messi demonstrated his brilliance by scoring yet another hat-trick for Barcelona in the Champions League. His latest hat-trick came in the 4-0 win over Manchester City, and the result has almost put the Catalan club on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages even with three games remaining. Messi seemed to be on the downward spiral only 12 months ago after managing to experience one of his poorest campaigns in recent years.

Now, though, he is back to his very best after scoring 12 goals, while also creating six more, in just 10 games this season. Messi may be the joint top scorer – alongside Luis Suarez – in the La Liga with seven goals, but he is significantly ahead in the 2016-17 Champions League season with six goals from just 180 minutes.

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