Lionel Messi expressed his thoughts following the 2-3 home defeat against Valencia CF, saying that it was a very bad day for the Catalans. Nevertheless, he assured the fans that he is finally back to his best and is feeling completely fit once again. Continue reading for more from the Argentinean.
“I’ve played a couple of games and I’m doing well mentally. It was tough when I picked up two consecutive injuries but today that’s all forgotten,” Messi said.
The interview didn’t seem to revolve much around the loss, for Messi was then asked about his goals for 2014. “For me the most important thing is to win titles. I would like to win them with Barça and also the World Cup, that’s the dream of an entire country.”
The Barça forward went on to talk about Tito Vilanova’s illness: “It was very difficult for all of us. We were just coming off of the news about Abidal, which was a very hard blow. It was very complicated because the players loved and love Tito and Abidal – they are two spectacular people.”
The comparisons between Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino and Guardiola/Vilanova seem to be still ongoing, for Messi was also asked about the differences between the managers: “Every manager has his way of doing things. We had Tito, who was similar to Guardiola because they had worked many years together and now, with Tata, who comes from a different place, the difference is noticeable. We prepare for games differently.”
Finally, Messi talked about the upcoming World Cup: “I hope Argentina can make it to the final. It would be a dream to play it… Brazil have a great team. In addition to their individual players, they are very solid group,” he said when asked if he would have to face Brazil in the final.
Source: fcbarcelona.com, Photo: Alejandro Garcia (EFE)