Lionel Messi was caught railing against the referee of the Barça-Valladolid match (1-0) on Monday, reproaching him for his willingness to warn him, while a yellow card would have deprived him of the Clasico against Real this weekend.
Lionel Messi feared missing the hot Clasico on Real Madrid’s pitch on Saturday (9 p.m.). The Argentinian played under the threat of suspension on Monday in the victory against Valladolid (1-0). The deal was simple: if he received a yellow card, he missed the shock against the rival Madrid, determining in the race for the title. And the six-fold Golden Ball believed to detect a will of the referee to maintain this pressure above his head.
“He wants to give me the yellow card… It’s amazing!”
When joining the locker room at half-time, Messi has railed in the direction of Carlos Naval, delegate of Barça, on the intentions of the refereeing body to deprive it of the shock against Real. “He wants to give me the yellow card… It’s incredible!”, Launched the Argentine very audibly on the images of Spanish television.
La Pulga was also heard with his teammates before resuming the second half. “It must be done at all costs, he insisted when the score was 0-0. We must increase a notch and put more rhythm.” Long hung, Barça finally snatched victory at the last minute thanks to a goal from Ousmane Dembélé. A very precious victory for the Catalans who are one point behind Atlético de Madrid, leader. They are two steps ahead of Real Madrid, 3rd.
The two teams therefore challenge each other at a crucial moment in the title race. Lionel Messi will be there since, despite his fears, he did not receive a yellow card against Valladolid. In the first leg, Barça lost at home to Real Madrid (1-3).