- Feb 13, 2021
- man city fc
I think you’re right.What is obvious here is that Barcelona's defense is set so Messi doesn't have to press. I think you gravely underestimate how harmful it is for any team's balance to have someone who's walking that often off the ball. At one point he just bows his head and give up (even if he can still do one of his magic trick when the ball is in his feet).
It actually took months to Guardiola in order to balance his team with mostly hard working players, i highly doubt it will be that seamless if Messi joins.
I’m a City supporter and, while I was in awe of Messi and wanted him in our squad for many years. His general lack of athletic endeavour in recent seasons has me doubting that he’ll be seen as a good fit now.
My deeper concern is that we might get him on a long (4 or 5 year) contract, get some success with him by changing the way we play and then farm him out to NYCFC thus leaving us without the ageing centre pin that we’d moulded our play to accommodate.
I can see the attraction of that in terms of commercial revenues etc. but I think we’d be better set for the future, in footballing terms, if we bring in a much younger talent and maintain / polish our whole-team / 11 man style of play.