Hungry for glory, Barcelona seek redemption for last season’s incompetence – Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has credited Barcelona’s good form to their desire for redemption following last season’s defeats to Real Madrid and Chelsea. The back-to-back Ballon d’Or winner believes Barcelona are on the right track after their disappointing 2011-12 campaign.
Barcelona have made a phenomenal start to the season under new manager Tito Vilanova. Catalans are off to a record breaking start in La Liga and are hot favorites for the Champions League title as well.
Last season all Barcelona had to celebrate about was Copa del Rey success. They lost the La Liga title to archrivals Real Madrid and were kicked out from the Champions League by Chelsea.
A 5-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao takes Barcelona to 13 victories and one draw in the first 14 games of La Liga, which means they are off to the best start in La Liga since 1929. Moreover, they have already qualified for the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
In an interview to ELF Voetbal, Lionel Messi explained that Barcelona were being driven forward with glory-hunger from last season.
“I do not know what went wrong at the end of last season, but we can use the memory to make sure it does not happen again, so that we have more hunger than ever,” Lionel Messi said.
Barcelona’s recent success has arrived through Tito Vilanova’s new strategies in the midfield. Tito Vilanova has managed to find room in his squad for all three of Barcelona’s star playmakers
Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas. Lionel Messi claims the trio brings different qualities to Barcelona’s team.
“Iniesta and Xavi have a lot in common,” Lionel Messi said. “Andres often plays closer to the goal, but apart from that they are very similar. Xavi does not lose the ball, he has great vision of the play and makes the team. When either has the ball it is difficult for the opponent. (Fabregas and I) understand each other well. We always know what the other wants. It is easy to play with him. We both know the game that Barca want to play.”
Barcelona once again resembles an invincible team, however, midfielder Sergio Busquets has warned the Catalan fans about an impending bump on their road to success.
“I am very happy to have made the best league start because it will always be there, we keep winning and we have positive momentum,” Sergio Busquets told Barcelona’s TV station. “During the year there are runs, the most important is that at the start of the season, and now, nearly all our games in every competition are wins. There is a lot of La Liga still left to play, so we cannot relax.”