Ben Schuster assesses that Barcelona is still in an unsanitary condition, due to the fact that currently they are still very dependent on their captain, Lionel Messi.
As happened in previous seasons, the Argentine mega star is still a mainstay of the Catalan giants, even though he is 32 years old. Messi is still often the differentiator for Barcelona, especially in crucial matches.
Statistics also prove that Messi is still “fierce”, where this season he has recorded 31 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. One of them was created in the match against Napoli in the second leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League last weekend.
Maybe on the one hand it sounds good, but Barcelona’s level of dependence on Messi is considered more acute than in previous years.
“Barcelona are more dependent on Messi now than ever before,” Schuster told Bild.
But regardless, Schuster feels that Messi is still very reliable. In fact, he believes this Argentine mega star.
“Messi can still win games alone. He has the quality to score goals against Bayern and he can determine the direction of the match.” He said.
It’s just that, depending on a player, of course, is never good, not least in the case of Barcelona, which relies heavily on Lionel Messi.
If it continues like this, the opposing team can see this as a weak point for the Catalan club. In other words, the opposing teams only need to turn off Messi’s movements to beat Barcelona.
“This season Barcelona only has two options, namely Messi scoring goals or they play with extraordinary quality when not carrying the ball,” he said.
Especially now, ahead of the match against Bayern Munich, Lionel Messi is doubtful to appear. The reason is, in the match against Napoli last weekend, he encountered a brutal tackle from Kalidou Koulibaly so that he received a serious injury.
However, so far there has been no official statement from Barcelona, whether Messi will be absent or not.
Meanwhile, the super big match duel is planned to take place on Saturday morning WIB (14/08).