Ernesto Valverde very close to getting Messi angry
Lionel Messi remains key to Barcelona’s future plans for European domination and keeping him happy must be top on Barcelona’s priority list.
Leo has had a god start to the new life under Ernesto Valverde after Barcelona’s opening games.
Valverde’s tactics appear to be very favorable for Messi who is scoring for fun at the moment.
But Don Balon have now reported that the Barcelona superstar is set for a collision course with Valverde.
The latest trouble seems to be the lack of confidence Valverde is showing in Pique.
The Spanish tactician has been critical of Pique’s performances so far and the problem dates back to Barcelona’s pre-season run.
Valverde was so disturbed by Pique’s performance that he requested that Barcelona sign a new center-back for him.
And it was this request that led to Barcelona’s pursue of Inigo Martinez. Martinez was a personal request from Valverder, but Barcelona decided against the deal after Mascherano also expressed his concerns.
Apart from Luis Suarez, Pique is Messi’s closest ally. Both players grew up together at La Masia and are part of the class the 87′.
Messi wants Barcelona to improve and do better than Real Madrid, but he needs players he can relate to in the dressing room.
Messi said at the start of the summer: “Whenever a new season starts, it [has] to be better than the last.
“We play to achieve more, we play to get more titles, to be in the finals of [the] Champions [League], to win La Liga.
“It didn’t happen this year. We tried, but it didn’t happen. We ended it with La Copa. We hope that the year to come is better in the aspect of titles.
“No, I have always said it — and [Ronaldo] from his part — that he is armed with the presence of us both.
“We try to achieve the best every year for our team, and what is said outside of that I don’t think is very important. He is a phenomenal player with a lot of quality. All the world knows, and that is why he is one of the best of the world.”