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Martino says Messi Must be Feeling Angry

Former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says Lionel Messi will be furious after missing a penalty againstManchester City.

Messi was in exceptional form in the first half at the Etihad Stadium but missed from the spot – and the resulting rebound – in the dying minutes as Barca won 2-1 in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie.

The Argentina boss believes his international captain is far happier at Camp Nou after clearing the air with head coach Luis Enrique, but he has no doubt the 27-year-old will be livid with his late miss.

“I can imagine his anger. I didn’t think the referee was going to allow the rebound as time was up,” he toldDepor TV .

“Messi has been fine in 2015. To determine what happened before without being in the dressing room is difficult.

“Now he is getting the ball, competing, creating goals, and is involved, which helps everyone. Barcelona won well, they played a great first half and have a great advantage for the return leg.”

Martino was in charge of Barca from July 2013 to May 2014, failing to win any silverware other than the Supercopa de Espana and he continues to admit that he underestimated the magnitude of the job after moving from Argentina.

“These are the feelings one has after 10 months of work and analysing everything, I felt I couldn’t improve this fantastic team and I wasn’t able to be happy at having come to one of the best clubs in the world. [The current Barca] is a much improved version. They don’t create as much as a team but they have a very high level of attackers who can decide a game. The team evolves over time and players need replacing.” he said.

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Mata says Lionel Messi Reaching his Peak

Mata thinks Lionel Messi Reaching his Peak

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says Barcelona star Lionel Messi is playing his best football of the season and tipped the Catalans to challenge for the treble. Buy Fifa 15 CoinsService on UTfifa15coins.

Barca still trail leaders Real Madrid by one point in La Liga following Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, but Mata feels Messi can inspire the club in the run-in to the season.

“Real Madrid won a very important game after a complicated week. In those cases, a victory is the best remedy and also helps to recover some energy with a view to the decisive weeks of the season,” Mata wrote on his official personal website.

“Barca enjoyed [themselves even] more though, once again displaying an extraordinary offensive power. Messi seems to be reaching his peak of the season right now.

“And if we add up the contribution from some other fantastic players, they are potential candidates to win every single competition.”

Mata then went on to have his say on the battle for third spot and expects a tight affair between Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla.

“Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid were defeated away from home by a good Celta de Vigo. Valencia won and so did Sevilla; I think the race for the Champions League spots is going to be very interesting.”

Irrespective of their loss, Atletico remain third in La Liga with 50 points from 23 games, with Valencia in fourth ahead of fifth-placed Sevilla.

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