The Argentine attacker may not have one other 700 objectives in him, however his supervisor believes there’s nonetheless lots extra to return
Quique Setien praised Lionel Messi after the Barcelona famous person scored his 700th profession objective on Tuesday.
Messi celebrated the landmark second as stuttering titleholders Barca drew 2-2 at dwelling to Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s delicate ‘Panenka’ penalty put Barca forward within the 50th minute earlier than Saul Niguez’s second spot-kick ensured the factors had been cut up.
Discussing captain Messi – who has scored 630 objectives for Barca and 70 for Argentina – post-match, Barca head coach Setien stated: “I suppose that one other 700 objectives is not going to be scored by Leo, however he’ll proceed to attain.
“You don’t know what the ceiling is for a player of this type.”
Diego Costa’s 11th-minute personal objective had put Barca forward earlier than Saul’s penalty restored parity for Atletico eight minutes later.
Messi transformed a penalty of his personal 5 minutes into the second half to convey up his landmark objective, however one other Saul spot-kick – within the 62nd minute – secured a draw for Atletico.
Barca are one level behind leaders and rivals Real Madrid, who can transfer 4 clear with victory over Getafe on Thursday, as stress mounts on Setien.
Setien’s facet have solely gained one in every of their previous 4 league fixtures however the Barca boss stated: “I’m fairly proud of them [the team]. It’s true that we’ve not been in a position to win, however at instances we managed the sport properly.
“It’s not simple in opposition to this staff. They’re disciplined. I’m fairly proud of my gamers’ work.
“I don’t feel at all under threat. It’s a shame. We’re having more and more difficulties. Leaving these points behind means we’re moving further away from the title. But we have to keep working and Atletico are a good team.”
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Antoine Griezmann was solely introduced on as an injury-time substitute on Tuesday with Setien admitting the French attacker has the potential to ‘destabilise’ his facet.
“I understand it’s tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time left. I will speak with him tomorrow, I won’t say sorry because [it’s about] decisions,” Setien stated.
“But I understand he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he’s a great person and professional.”