'El Jefecito' says that Barça's forward turned into a total footballer
With La Liga in the pocket and after playing a great and complete season in Barça, Javier Mascherano conceded an interview to the Argentinian TV Channel ESPN FC Radio. These are his answers to different aspects of nowadays Barça.
Difference with Guardiola's Barça
"Pep was focused on control game, in attack while placing right. Now we added a more direct game, we improved in counter-attack. The fowards that we have allow us to do it. Furthermore, we improved in defense."
L'evolució de Messi
"Messi evolved to become a total footballer. He's not only a player, but also he became a midfielder, assistant and absolute controler of the game. He doesn't stop surprising us with his abiliy of beating himself."
"With Guardiola, Messi was a finisher because the game-makers were Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. Now we have Suárez and Neymar, Messi can control more and this favors us."
"Barça's present has a highly percentage of Messi's present"
Centre-back or midfielder?
"Last season I played as centre-back and doing it again in the defensive pivot position is very positive. I am very happy, although it is a complicated positon for this team."
Future when he retires
"When we are player, we are all coaches. After that, we have to see when your moment comes. I am passionate for this football and I like to talk with coaches, I try to learn because you always want to grow and reach the top. If I am coach in the future we'll see when the moment comes."
Luis Enrique's continuity
"We are relaxed and very thankful for he gave us the chance to win La Liga"
Damage Boca and River
"Football is reflected in the culture of a country, it shows us how we are. Argentinian football is beautiful for it's passion, but we have many years with this kind of situations and it shows us that a society that doesn't care about how is the one next to them, we are violent, we have no patience. It's sad to see my contry this way."