Lionel Messi won the 35th trophy of his career on Saturday with FC Barcelona, who dominated Athletic Bilbao (4-0) in the Copa del Rey final. At the microphone of the club channel after the meeting, the Blaugrana captain shared his joy at having won a title while the club lives “a year of transition”.
Author of a double during the recital of FC Barcelona (4-0) against Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey on Saturday in Seville, Lionel Messi, at the end of his contract on June 30, confided to have lived a moment “special”, he who won the 35th trophy of his career with the Blaugrana jersey.
The Catalan club had to overthrow Sevilla FC in a semi-final return (3-0), going through extra time to end up in the final. It had already taken an extension in the quarter-final against Granada (5-3), in the quarter-final, for Barça to qualify for the next round. “It was a very difficult Copa del Rey for us. It’s always nice to win a title, told the Argentinian number 10, on the Catalan club’s website. It’s a very happy day for this group that deserved the joy. . It’s very special to be the captain of the team where I have played all my life, and very special to be able to lift the Cup. “
“It’s a different year, of transition”
Sacred man of the match, Messi has already turned his gaze towards the end of Barça’s season from the final whistle. “It’s a difficult year, and for us to be able to win the Copa del Rey and still have a chance for a La Liga title is very important. It’s a different year, of transition, with a lot of young people,” summed up the “Pulga” on the club website.
“We had a hard time getting started at the start, we were losing a lot of points out of naivety and lack of experience, but the team got stronger and stronger, we got into the fight. The other day (during the clasico lost 2-1 against Real Madrid in La Liga), we did not manage to get a good result, but we remain in the fight, there are still many days, “positively the Argentinian.
“It’s very weird not being able to celebrate with people”
After having already scored an anthology goal against Athletic Bilbao in an individual ride on the right wing in the Copa del Rey final in 2015 (won 3-1), Messi did it again on Saturday night, in concluding with a ball slipped into the small net a superb collective action of the Blaugrana on his first goal.
“We knew that the Athletic always play the same way, in 4-4-2 and by playing blocks with fast players. We had the patience to keep the ball and create spaces. In the first half, we had moved the ball a lot, and in second the Athletic lowered the pace and we created a lot of chances “, analyzed the Catalan captain. It’s very weird not being able to celebrate with people and family, that’s the situation we’re going through and it’s a shame because the finals are always special moments.
Still in the race for a potential La Liga title, FC Barcelona will meet Getafe in their next league match, next Thursday (10 p.m.) at Camp Nou.