Barça are set to host the return leg of their last-16 UEFA Champions League meeting against Napoli on Saturday, with that tie locked at 1-1, and Sylvinho believes they remain a solid contender for the final prize.
A little bit of Leo Messi is mucho Messi
Barcelona are still useful in claiming Champions League title this season because “even a little bit of Lionel Messi is mucho Messi,” says Sylvinho. The Blaugrana are again knocking the dice out of a disappointing domestic campaign that saw them surrender the LaLiga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid. Inconsistency has been a problem for the Camp Nou giants, with Messi to show his frustration in public. The Argentine has suggested that Barça will fight for a significant challenge for the European crown in their current state. However, the very presence of the mercurial Argentinean gives the Catalan giants a chance to fight every time they take to the field. Messi collected another Pichichi Trophy in 2019-20, topping Liga’s top scorer chart with 25 goals, and remains an iconic figure for Quique Setien’s side.
Messi can change the game in seconds
Barça are set to host the return leg of their last-16 UEFA Champions League meeting against Napoli on Saturday. With that tie locked at 1-1, and Sylvinho believes they remain a solid contender for the final prize. The former Blaugrana full-back told reporters: “Even a little Messi is Mucho Messi.” He’s still the best. He can change the game in seconds. Ex-Brazil international Sylvinho was on the books of the Camp Nou, as Messi was making a senior success. The Brazilian admits that he could never have predicted how good the South American would become. Standing among all the greats who were securely provided for a while. “Leo was the same then as now in many ways,” said Sylvinho.
“He didn’t talk much, and he was relaxed, he just practiced and walked home. We didn’t know how far Messi would go and we knew there were many potentials. We knew that he was different, completely different. But it’s a lie that we thought: this guy will win six Ballon d’Or prizes. You never know what will happen”. Messi has previously played a role in four Champions League triumphs for Barcelona. The latest came back in 2015, and the global superpower is looking to return to the top of the continental game.