Lionel Messi is still playing at a high level – yesterday 5 goals flew to the Valladolid goal, to which the opponent answered with only one goal to the net Ter Stegen (5: 1). Messi scored two goals and two assists. Guardiola commented on the clear level of Argentine performances for Radio Catalonia:
"One day Messi will retire, but Barca will manage. We need to prepare a place for the statue, in general, that it should be due – I have no doubt that in Catalonia they can handle it (laughs). The stars have to run away, if the team can't cope, it's necessary to "convince them to do it." Sometimes I can say that I won't force them to run 40 meters like 20-year-olds, but ask me for something instead. "
"If he scores three goals in each match, I accept that. Lionel will not run to run. If he did the same as in the first season with me, he would be hurt every month. Short and clear leaps in game quality now help Messi look like he was 20 years old. The most difficult task for a trainer is managing legends older than 30 years"
"Many great coaches won nothing because they didn't have Leo. I was lucky to have him, Xavi, Iniesta, Alves and Piquet in my lineup. In addition, everyone was of a perfect age. I emphasize once again that it is important to adapt to your players, their characteristics. "Barcelona" played with Laudrup as the "false nine", then Messi played in this position, but for example in "Bavaria" they could not do it – there was simply no artist who would beat three and score a goal. "