Messi: Barca haven’t changed

Lionel Messi insists Barcelona have not forgotten their renowned tiki-taka style of play, but rather they have enhanced it by becoming more versatile.

The Argentine has rediscovered his best form for La Blaugrana since the turn of the year, along with the rest of his team, and he believes his side's recent upturn in form is down to evolution, not revolution, in their approach.

“Since Anoeta, the team’s attitude has changed, our desire, the way we take to the field is different,” the No 10 said at a promotional event for Adidas.

“The way we press, get the ball back and keep it, it's not like we did before.

“It was after Anoeta when the dressing room wanted to change the way they portrayed themselves in games and luckily we did.

“We’re at a terrific level [right now], but we also know we haven’t achieved anything and that these are important months [coming up].

“We hope to carry on like this and achieve something. The team’s objective is the same as always.

“We play for Barca and are obliged to fight for everything. Last year, unfortunately, we didn’t win any titles, but we hope to do so this year.

“We can play both a direct game and a passing game. We can play on the counterattack, with spaces behind [our opponents’] defenders, but it’s also another way of playing.

“We haven’t forgotten the Barca philosophy.

“I’ve changed a lot, spent many years here, matured and learned things both on and off the pitch.

“I want to continue helping the team and be useful for the club. Last year wasn’t good, I had many problems on and off the pitch.”

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