Spanish papers heap praise upon Lionel Messi after his wonderful brace against Manchester United. The Catalans forward has scored twice and notched up four assists in the match. The blaugrana forward, like many others, was not at his best at the beginning of the season, but has settled down nicely since then.
Leo has impressed the coaching staff with his performances, and it would not be surprising to see him feature heavily in this season’s cup competitions. Leo has not looked back since his stunning strike against United in the derby months ago.
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Barcelona is now third in the league, just behind Real Madrid and Manchester City. This is great for the club and very good for Leo says the Spanish papers, who has been playing second fiddle in the centre of the park ever since PSG arrived.
Leo has been a fantastic team mate and a great leader for the side, and he definitely deserves all the plaudits he is receiving now. Lionel Messi is certainly enjoying his time with the Spain team and clearly has the same kind of confidence that players get when winning the world cup. Many people are predicting that he will win it next year!
Leo was given outstanding service by his team mates last week, scoring a goal and assisting on another in a masterful performance. With so much respect for his abilities, Leo has obviously earned the right to play in the starting XI for the rest of the season.
This is good news for everyone involved, as Leo is an important part of this Barcelona side says the Spanish papers. His partnership with fellow forwards, Andres Iniesta and Luis Figueres is excellent, and their link up play has made Barcelona a dangerous outfit on the wing.
The likes of Cesc Fabregas and David Beckham are certainly talented players, but they have not exactly dazzled the footballing world this season. Fabregas has been unfortunate not to live up to the expectations, picking up a booking in the dying minutes of last week’s draw against Sporting Lisbon says the Spanish papers. David Beckham has been a huge success since moving to Los Angeles and has brought assists, goals and trophies to the Galaxy. Unfortunately he has also been named in the PFA’s team of the season, having been named on the bench for the first time in his career.
With such low scoring options, and a lot of the games being won by a team not expected to perform particularly well, it is understandable that expectations have been high for the likes of Leo. However, Leo has surprised the Spanish press this season, often coming off the bench and playing some brilliant football.
Against Sporting Lisbon he showed why he is such a quality player. Playing in the centre of the park, in a big game for Leverkusen, he delivered a performance that would have won him the man of the match title. Maybe it is something to do with the fact that he has spent so much time on the US National Team training camp this season says the Spanish papers.
Another starlet that has impressed the Spanish press this season is FC Barcelona defender, Dani Alves. Having missed much of the previous season through injury, Alves has made a significant impact for his side, scoring a brace in their 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. Unlike many of his fellow Barcelona players, Alves is playing at a slightly higher level than usual, but he looks determined to show his worth and lift the Barca shirt.
During the international breaks Alves has also impressed with his displays, making an excellent debut against Mexico in the Copa America. It is hoped that Alves has already cemented his place at the right wing position says the Spanish papers.
Two other members of the squad, Thierry Henry and Arsenal ace Mesut Ozcan have also impressed the Spanish press. Both players are proving a valuable asset to the team, despite being relatively young. Henry is a very accomplished striker, providing the goals that Barca need to progress as a team. Mesut Ozcan has impressed many in the Spanish media with his performances and has also had a great season, assisting the most goals in the league this season. Both of these well-settled players will be vital additions to any team.
Despite all the praise that the Spanish papers have lavished upon them, it seems that there is one area that their critics see as being under-achieved. The diet of Spanish players is often said to be boring, and the main complaint from fans is that the players seem to prefer fish and chips rather than red meat. It seems that in Spain, as with many things, they are beginning to change their style. Perhaps this will benefit the whole team in the future says the Spanish papers.