sábado, 8 de febrero de 2014

The club needs goals from Messi against Sevilla

Barcelona Lionel Messi needs to rediscover his scoring touch against Sevilla on Sunday as coach Gerardo Martino admits his failure to take advantage of their opportunities recently has cost them the leadership position in the Spanish football league.

The Catalan side have won just one of their last four games in the league, while Atletico Madrid has placed three points ahead with 57 and Real Madrid is now below them with just one goal difference.

The last weekend, the club lost 3-2 at home against Valencia Messi scoring with a penalty, his only goal in four league games he has played since returning after a tendon injury which kept him almost retired two months.

A mid-week they beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at home in the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey with Messi, who has broken several records in recent seasons with feasts of goals, again without scoring.

"In the games against Real Madrid and Valencia, the team had opportunities to expand the score and it's true that there are problems to score goals," Martino said.

"I do not speak it that difficult to create chances, but we did not take advantage of gaps," Martino said in a press conference on Saturday.

"I passed against Levante, Valencia and Madrid. Created six or seven times, but did not take them," he said.

Martino refused to point the finger to Messi.

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