The club’s struggles mirror the fight of Messi, who until now has been far from lacking his concealed best so far this term – even if he has seven goals to his name.

Leo Messi have psychological problems

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo suggested that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is suffering from a psychological problem that had nothing to do with issues on the pitch. Pirlo is preparing his side to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday – with both sides already guaranteed to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. Barcelona’s positive form in Europe stands in stark contrast to their home battle. As they track the leaders of the Atletico Madrid League by 12 points. The club’s struggles mirror the fight of Messi, who until now has been far from lacking his concealed best so far this term – even if he has seven goals to his name. Pirlo doesn’t believe Messi’s talent is on the wane; instead, he feels that Argentina’s superstar struggle dates back to the offseason when he was involved with leaving the club.

Cristiano and Leo are two phenomenons

“Messi is at a special moment in his life, not in his career, because he had a problem this summer. It’s about whether he will stay at Barcelona or not. But during games, Messi always showed his value. More than a football question, he probably has a psychological problem, but I do not want to go into it, since it has nothing to do with us. Messi is a phenomenon, and he showed it”. Juventus trails Barça by three points, and the Catalans have a significantly superior goal difference, which means Serie A giants need a big win to lead the group. Pirlo is aware, and with progress to the next round, he will give his side the green light to attack at Camp Nou.

“We have nothing to lose,” Pirlo said. “We can play an open game and We are aware of the mistakes we made in the first leg. It will be a tough game because we will have to suffer, but we will have our chances. We have to take advantage of them”. There will be many eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo when he returns to Spain to face his old rival Messi. Pirlo was asked his opinion of the pair, but remained on the fence – saying “they are two phenomenons.”