NEWS
Sunday November 10 2019
Ernesto Valverde: Lionel Messi makes the impossible look easy
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde hailed talisman Lionel Messi for his match winning performance in the 4-1 victory at home to Celta Vigo.
 
The win lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga, but it was Messi's hat trick that dominated the post match conversation.
 
The Argentina international netted a first half penalty, before a pair of stunning free kicks either side of the break.
 
"With Leo in the team, anything is possible," he was quoted in Marca in the post game press conference.
 
"Free kicks are something he has mastered down to an art."
 
"He is so dangerous, that opposition sides know they cannot commit fouls around the box."
 
"If they do, they know Messi can punish them."
 
Messi endured an injury disrupted start to the 2019-20 season, but Valverde has praised his commitment to get up to match fitness inside the last two weeks.
 
After missing the first four La Liga games of the season through injury, Messi has exploded in front of goal recent weeks.
 
He now has nine goals in his last seven games in all competitions, and his three goals against Oscar Garcia's side has put him joint second top scorer in La Liga so far this season, alongside Villarreal's Gerard Moreno, on eight goals.
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