Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman lauded the game-changing influence of Lionel Messi as he descended from the bench to spur La Liga’s 3-2 win over Real Betis.
After being called a replacement before unleashing Betis’ defense with a sublimation pass on Sunday, Messi was the brilliant light of Barcelona.
After his presentation, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored in just 136 seconds. This is the quickest goal to substitute Barca’s La Liga.
Trincao beat the 87-minute Barca winner. Barca is behind Atletico Madrid’s leader by seven points, although the latter has two games.
Koeman salutes superstar Captain Messi after the match and tells reporters: “I always talk and express my thoughts to the players.”
Yesterday, I told Lionel Messi if he was satisfied with the break and he would take him if he needed him during the match.
“After all, that’s what happened. We lost 1-0 and he changed the match a few minutes after joining the pitch.
“He won the equalizer and, in the second half, added a lot to our play.”
Messi proposed a close correlation between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City to abandon Barca, scoring six goals in the last seven La Liga matches played on the bench.
In all the competitions, Koeman’s Barcelona has won the last nine games away from home. This is the Spanish giant’s third-best consecutive victory, after 13 games at Pep Guardiola in 2008-09 and 10 games at Luis Enrique in 2014-15. In those seasons, Barcelona won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.