The Argentine talked in press conference before the match against Bayern Munich
Leo Messi appeared in a press conference 22 months after his last one. The Argentine talked about the clash against Bayern in the UCL semifinals and also about the coaches, Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola. Here you have his main statements:
Match vs Bayern
"We will play against an amazing team like Bayern. Last time we faced them was painful. Now we things are totally different."
"The lows weren't an excuse last time we faced Bayern and can't be it now."
"We have very good feelings. We are calm, going match after match."
"We know that winning in this qualifying round will be very difficult because we have a very strong opponent in front of us."
"Both teams have big players... there are no favorites."
"We had the chance to get many titles with Guardiola. He knows us a lot, not only me."
"Since Guardiola left Barça we haven't kept in touch. We only saw each other in a FIFA ceremony."
"The motivation is the semifinal, not Guardiola."
"Guardiola knows us really well but we also know what he asks to the teams."
"It would be normal that the crowd paid a tribute to Guardiola before the match for all he ment for the club."
"My relationship with Luis Enrique is normal and good like with all the other mates."
"I really enjoyed all mates next to me in the past and so do I right now with the current ones. I couldn't say which forward is best."
"Letting Neymar kick the penalty was something natural. He was the one who fell in the box."
"Luis Suárez and Neymar are amazing players and I have a very good relationship with them."
"Luis Enrique gave the forwards freedom to change our position."
"I have always said that what matters are group titles, not the individual ones."
"I was really surprised with Ter Stegen's conditions because I didn't know him much. We are luckily to have such good goalkeepers."
Barça's state of mind
"The best thing of our team is that we went from less to more. We got used to the changed of the coach and we feel strong aiming to win titles."
"I feel like another player in the squad. No leaders. We all want the same."
"Last year, I had a difficult season due to injuries. Luckily this year has been really different."