The Argentina celebrity impressed the Blaugrana to a 4-1 win over Huesca to shut in on Atletico Madrid
Ronald Koeman has described Lionel Messi as “an important man within the historical past” of Barcelona.
Messi etched himself one other word within the file books when becoming a member of Xavi on the high of Barcelona’s all-time record of look makers.
He marked his 767th look for the membership with two targets within the 4-1 win over Huesca to ramp up the stress on Atletico Madrid within the title race.
What was stated?
After a gradual begin to the season, Barcelona are choosing up momentum and after inspiring the aspect to victory, coach Koeman lavished reward on the Argentina celebrity.
“I believe Messi has proven that he’s the perfect,” Koeman stated. “The primary objective was unbelievable. He deserves to be vital for this group.
“I do not know what else to say about Leo. The extent he has been at for thus a few years, so many video games.
“He has equalled Xavi and in precept he’ll surpass him on Sunday.
“He’s an important man within the historical past of this membership. Fortunately he’s nonetheless with us.”
One other file is ready
Most gamers can be blissful to accept setting one file in a sport, however Messi shouldn’t be most gamers.
In plundering two strikes, he went previous the 20-goal mark for the season. In reaching the feat, Messi was doing it for the thirteenth consecutive season, turning into the one participant to take action in La Liga historical past.
Barca ramp up title stress
Atletico Madrid’s draw towards Getafe on Saturday left the door barely ajar, and Barca powered by means of to chop the hole on the high of the desk to 4 factors.
There are 11 video games remaining within the Liga season, and Koeman is on the lookout for his “assured” group to maintain on pushing.
“The factors we misplaced for a number of weeks … now we have reacted effectively,” the Dutch coach stated. “The group is assured. We’re in fine condition and we’re preventing.
“We can not lose extra factors as a result of now we have already misplaced fairly a number of.
“I’ve at all times stated there’s a lot to play for. It is at all times laborious for any group to carry out.”