Barcelona great Messi has broken yet another Champions League record against Borussia Dortmund.
Lionel Messi is at the top of football right now. No one can be compared with him right now, considering his current form. It has become almost inevitable to lose against Messi’s Barcelona.
You don’t need any tactics and strategies. Just give the ball to Messi in the middle of the park and see the magic unfold.
Last night’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund wasn’t any different. It was a memorable 700th Barcelona outing for Messi.
Messi set up Luis Suarez for the 29th-minute opener. Suarez then returned the favour with a neat pass and Messi calmly converted past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki in the 33rd minute. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also teed up substitute Antoine Griezmann with 23 minutes remaining to cap a stellar display.
Borussia Dortmund became the 34th side against which Messi has scored in the Champions League. The Argentina forward has now surpassed the mark, which he was sharing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul from last month, when he netted in a 2-1 win over Slavia Prague.
After Messi almost single-handedly defeated Dortmund, Hummels and Favre was still all praise for Messi, such was the magnificence of his football.
Dortmund defender Hummels, who gave the ball away for Messi’s goal, said post-game: “In top form, Messi is the best footballer I have ever seen – period.”
“We were not good enough to beat Barcelona today. We only created three or four real chances. It was not a bad game, but not a very good one. Barcelona were excellent though. Messi is always dangerous, of course.
We had a really bad spell after that first goal, with my bad pass that led to their second goal.”
Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre was also mesmerised by Messi’s performance. He told at a news conference: “He played as a false nine and was simply incredible. He waits really well for the ball and moves very well between the lines. And when he gets the ball, it gets pretty complicated.
You have to commit a foul in order to stop him. Otherwise, it’s very, very difficult. He is speeding up so fast, his dribbling is so good and then his final pass is also very dangerous.”
After this win, Barcelona will qualify for the Round of 16 as the group winners, while Dortmund are third but level on seven points with second-placed Inter.
Borussia Dortmund will now face Slavia Prague on 10th December, while Inter will host Barcelona at Milan on the same day.
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