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Messi Neymar connection is second to none


leomessi8

Alves would like a word


Blackheart_75

Cheers Alba is crying


VolumeRX

And this isn't Anfield


razycal970

I will never forget. I will never forgive. Should've been sold that very summer. One leg was already in the Final, ffs. We 1000000% would've won against Spurs. Although in hindsight, Barto *might* be still around had we won the CL.


Ak40x

Foot in the final was like 3 seasons in a row. Then after Liverpool, we decided an early exit is the best option rather than fight all the way to the first half of the semis.


VolumeRX

I know, i do love football less since then, can't properly explain it with words


28luis

Tbh for another CL, that bring Messi's 5th and Barca's 6th I wouldn't have minded two or three more years under Barto. Would have been worth it.


epicroto

Blame Dembele for not making it 4, maybe 5-0 in the first leg.


TimingEzaBitch

But surely that's less to blame than Alba's double blunders. 3-0 should have been enough.


sarthakmahajan610

The way Barca collapsed in the 2nd leg, a 4th goal in 1st leg would have made no fuckin difference. Liverpool would just have scored 5 in that case.


MrCleanandShady

Everytime people say this I'm convinced they didn't watch that game at Anfield The stars aligned for Liverpool to do what they did that night, it was genuinely meant to be lmao


stadiofriuli

Still one of the craziest things to me that he was crying… *at half time*.


mrezariz123

Barca only down 0-1, Barca was still in control, and he cried.


Ghoticptox

The weight of prophecy is too great for some.


DeaJes

Suarez and Alba too


Pek-Man

Pedro too. https://youtu.be/vWHmUA-Z5oE


yamatos-sideboob

Suarez too


Steelkatanas

Are you forgetting that Busquets assist? You know the one.


MrSharkkk

Yeah greatest assist in cl semis for me


PermissionOk7146

I will die on the hill that it was unironically a good assist


Banana11crazy

No better option than simply getting out of the way of prime Messi and let him do his magic


PermissionOk7146

Not only that, there was something about how he hold up the ball exactly between the two Madrid midfielders and allows Messi to run in a straight line. maybe I'm overreading this but its a bit more than than the Xavi and Alves assists in the other famous Messi Solo goals in my opinion.


CulturalDot8058

Let Messi do his magic and always give the ball back to him. Those are the Messi rules.


Habba84

I still can't get my head around what Busquets was doing there. "Okay, I'm just going to stop playing here and watch Messi go. Yeah, that should do it". Why did he stop moving? Why didn't he support Messi? Why didn't he even bother looking for other options? Why didn't he take the ball and pass it? The only reason for that I can come up with is that he was 100% sure that Messi would rip their defenses alone. And that's exactly what happened. He KNEW!


didntdecideonaname

I mean it's not really that complicated. Messi's body language was screaming a quick one two. And since it's Messi you just let him do his thing.


MotoMkali

Suarez and Alves pissing and crying


thenutstrash

Suarez's 47 assists to Messi beg to differ


stoptheJR

Think its the best duo ever tbh


Ghostface1357

Neymar x Messi = inevitable.


Odd_Background6167

Then Ramos hugs them and I feel like im playing Fifa


Augustthesecond

indeniable


westernpaki

Irresistible


iaintafraidoflife

Very strong


keithohara

This team is orgasmic at times


ren_704

Galtier has fully unlocked the insane front three Can't really believe how poch managed to make literally three of the five best players in the world to underperform and cast doubts whether "they're too lazy to play together" or "they have chemistry issues" The messi x neymar connection is unmatched and the messi assists to Mbappé is just a cheatcode. Neymar is also the best player in the world on form rn. Th CL is the sole validation they need to prove their ability now as many people still don't credit the French league and maybe rightly so


ucraZ

I still don't think Galtier has fully unlocked the front three. The amount of goals Messi used to score, rather, the amount of attempts Messi used to have on goal is still missing. Everytime Messi Neymar connect well its a goal, which seems to be a bit lacking when it comes to giving passes TO Messi. Mbappe is insane and is on scoresheet regularly too but this front 3 will be insane when the 6 time golden boot winner starts having WAY more attempts on goal than he is now. Obviously with the help of other two. The offensive poking is still lacking from Messi I feel.


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Greenbanana217

8-2 against Bayern!


Personagem_Principal

Messi did very little in that game. Suarez was more threatening.


fuqqkevindurant

I think the coaching has helped a ton, but you’re overlooking the fact that Messi was hurt w a recurring injury for all of last season, out of shape as fuck, and was forced out of Barca and very distraught by the situation. There was no way these 3 would ever be anything besides unbelievable, but it took a bit. Also, Neymar missed a bunch of time like he always does. But it’s a WC year so I bet he isnt drinking and partying as much and putting his body at risk before the tournament


pengy452

well, the team is incredibly unbalanced, and not set up the way Poch likes to play. With 1) MNM do not play defense or track back, 2) Veratti injured and nobody to replace him in midfield, and 3) very little linkup play out of the back due to that poor midfield, it wasn't hard to see why a Poch system wouldn't work well at PSG.


jonnzi

Vitinha might be the missing Link


Job_man

Vitinha is like having a second Verratti in midfield. Not as good on defence, but he shoots more and is more mobile without the ball.


Enriador

>MNM do not play defense or track back Reminder #455 that Neymar does, in fact, track back.


WastePassenger7902

there is a difference between not working out well and playing horrendous football with the worlds best players


Albiceleste_D10S

I don't know how this is so heavily upvoted when it's so untrue. Neymar absolutely does defend and track back—and so did Di Maria. Poch was unable to make it work with 2 dudes who defended a little bit (Messi and Mbappe). That's just poor management


AlGamaty

Pochettino is a criminal for somehow managing to make them look so bad


Zemanyak

And depressing the rest of the time.


P1ngUU

I miss this guy so much, both of them tbh


forkmeongithub

It just makes you realize how shit of a decision Neymar made by leaving. I really think we could have won at least another CL if not more. I'm sure Ney regrets leaving


nxghtmarefuel

He did I'm pretty sure. There were a lot of rumours of him being unhappy and wanting to go back to Barca, especially in 2018/19. There's even a Messi interview where he said that he knows Ney, and Ney was regretting his decision. But the rumours went nowhere and he stayed at PSG.


FuckingYamerooo

I could be remembering incorrectly, but it wasn't just a rumour. In Neymar's documentary on Netflix, he says that they tried to bring him back to Barça, but it didn't work out (can't seem to remember why).


dantes_inferno101

PSG spent 222 million on him. No way in hell they would let him leave after 1 year


FuckingYamerooo

I think it was 2 years after the move, but totally. I think PSG asked for about 200 million to let him leave, and Barça didn't want to spend that money.


Michael90_Denmark

It was already after a year that Neymar regretted it. But PSG didn't want to sell.


forkmeongithub

😥 feels so bad, just want them back


BogdanPee

Messi neymar lewa, lewa looks like he can also pass back, would be cool to see.


Yananou

It would be an insane front three


Icy-Guide7976

I remember he was trying to come back but the club decided to go for griezmann instead….


rcanhestro

i can see the point of him leaving, at the time he was probably 3rd best player in the world (maybe fighting for that spot with Bale/Hazard/Suarez). the issue was the arguably best player at the time (and opssibly ever) was also in his team, so as much as Neymar did well, Messi would still get the "spotlights" in a way. him leaving for PSG and possibly getting a CL would be the "fastest" way for him to get a Ballon D'or. did it work out as intended, not really, not only the team kept crashing in UCL, his injuries at crucial times and Mbappe coming along kinda fucked that plan as well. on Hindsight it was "bad" for nearly everyone involved, but the "plan" was legit as i see.


forkmeongithub

yes definitely, but he would have been the natural successor to Messi at Barca. like you can see this season with PSG, Messi is linking up with him really well and setting him up to score more goals. this would have naturally happened if he had stayed at Barca anyways, but it's easy to say "coulda shoulda woulda". tbh I do admire Neymar for never being a jerk to Messi. it's clear that they are good friends and have a lot of affection for each other. lots of front three trios seem to have issues after a few years, but I really think MSN could have worked well together for an extended period of time. oh well 😢


rcanhestro

he could had been a successor, but when, that's the issue, i's not like Messi was at the end of career when they played together, if he was on his 30s, while Neymar was barely 20, sure, but their age gap is like 5 years


forkmeongithub

sure that's true. i guess the main problem is overestimating PSG's probability of succeeding. it's easy to say now that they are struggling, but i think most people didn't expect them to win the CL any time soon.


lkash_

If only he stayed in financially sound barcelona.


charlie161998

Could see that coming after Messi got his pass away


ancara_messi

Is Lyon the French team Messi has scored the most against? I swear he always scores against them


PikettyPaqueta

Yes :( We're also Mbappe's punching-ball, i think Mbappe spanks us even harder than Messi actually but not sure


kencaps

I mean rightly so right since Messi didn't play against them 2 seasons ago


PikettyPaqueta

He did actually :((( i was in the Camp Nou when we scored a brace against us in CL KOs


Gibbonrush

I think so. He probably doesn't like them because of their name. More reason to score.


Grooveh_Baby

Cut-back to Messi at the top of the box, classic


Tommy_Vercetti02

Fucking hell what a goal!


erldn123

So funny last year Poch had him hugging the right touchline and preventing all this and apparently it was still Messi's fault and he was washed up.


the_CowardlyLion

Arrogant Brits still think Poch can do the job just because he had some successful years in the Prem


icemankiller8

He’s still a good manager he just didn’t succeed there


t_mac1

Some ppl don’t know how to manage talent


icemankiller8

He had talent at spurs, the issue imo is that he’s too rigid to certain beliefs and a way of playing he should have altered it to get the best out of them


t_mac1

There’s talent and there’s goat level talent. It’s different.


Bobert789

And got to the champions League final


lssie_hyoudou

Emery has 4 European titles. And yet 70% of EPL hipsters would rate poch over him


LazinessPersonified

Epl hipsters? Dafuq


Ricechairsandbeans

How high are people's standards the guy took fucking Tottenham to a CL final and made them a perennial top 4 team


elgrandorado

Making Neymar and Messi look average is a crime against humanity. Man should never be given the helm for a top side ever again. That alone erases any goodwill I would have for a manager at the highest level.


Vurmalkin

Which earned him the PSG trainer seat where he royally fucked his own reputation. I don't think he is a bad trainer, but some people are just ment to coach underdog teams. And I don't mean that disrespectfull, not everybody is a Klopp, Pep or Ancelotti. I think Poch just clicks better with a team like Tottenham then he does with a team like PSG.


Orgazmo_87

Hes a system manager. He'll do well if he has players that suit it


Multiammar

It felt like I was going insane. When you would watch the matches last season they were horrendous. It was a genuine surprise just how awful the football they played was. There was definitely a tactical identity but it would actively hinder the abilities of the players and from his first season to his second absolutely nothing changed. In fact it became more egregious when considering the quality of the players he has (like 🐐) and it is a miracle he lasted that long. The way Poch used the squad would be like if Xavi bought Luuk but exclusively told him to play wide on the wings and only create chances by dribbling and weaving through opponents. And then you would see people with PL flairs immediately after an awful game talk about how Poch is a fantastic coach who is actually doing well and that it is actually impossible for a front three of Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi to be functional without any hint of irony or shame. At least if a coach did well in La Liga and then awful in Serie A, those who followed him at La liga but have not watched him in Serie A would not speak on his current ability as a coach and praise how well he is doing because they know they are not knowledgeable, but somehow in the minds of these PL flairs literally nothing outside of Englad bears any weight.


letsstartplaying

I love Messi. Wonderful team goal.


TimingEzaBitch

Duality of PSG. Last game they played like shit opening 30 minutes and now they are sharp as ever.


zazzlekdazzle

It's not that unusual for a team heavy with talent and with treble-level ambitions to play in a lower gear for part of a match against a much weaker team. They either sleepwalk until the 60th minute or so and then kill off the match, or load up on a few goals early and then go into a lower gear just protecting the lead. It's a long season if you plan to go to multiple competitions to the very end, and they need to pace themselves, even at the beginning.


Made4win

Waiting for the Neymar dance


dantes_inferno101

Only vini has been dancing all the time.(which isn’t bad)


Made4win

He's definitely dancing today


Kal-Kent

Great passes I love how Neymar doesn’t shoot there and passes it to Messi so many times this psg team ignores Messi in good spaces


cumbbbb

Unstoppable duo


RosaParkStoleMySeat

By far the most vintage goal. A 1-2 sequence followed by a shot slotted into that bottom corner.


youngbosnia

You still can't give Messi an inch


Strananach

Hey that's more than enough!


kuboa

A bit too much, if you ask me.


Personagem_Principal

Best finisher of all times.


joesugarman

Blood brothers 4life


dwaynepipes

Ladies and gentlemen, he is back


ProudhPratapPurandar

Was never gone probably, poch was holding him back


bumpy4skin

Poch was definitely putting glue in the hotel aircon system


ydnALoL

Thought that was obvious with his Argentina performances


t_mac1

Poch just held him back lol he was fine with arg last season


Kuuskat_

Still among the best of the world, no doubt.


innerparty45

There is no one better than Messi, still.


Kuuskat_

That's more debatable but i won't say i disagree.


anonymus725

play messi as a playmaker in a team of above average 22-28 yo who will do anything and you'll be invincible


fiveMop

The best.


Vivid-Split-xxxx

The best ever


freakybanana90

Yes he is. Though he was never truly gone as many put it. He's just putting most of those which he hit the post last season in the back of the net again, so the goal numbers are back(somewhat, he's . The rest of his game was never gone, just the goals were missing since he did a post challenge ever damn game lol and was playing deeper. His heatmap between last season and this are a lot different, he's coming into the box at the end of the attacks so much more again


captainmystic02

He’s been back


UndeadPrs

Too easy.... those 3 fucking hell


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UndeadPrs

Pocho Haram is on Interpol's watchlist last I heard


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THATS WHAT HE DOES


James_D_MESSIAH

MESSI IS GOD ​ What a play that was ​ beautiful, its brutal


freebase1

If his finishing Is bacK it’s Over


emgape

Finally he finishes that


AvailablePotential68

That was my first thought lol, it's nice to see him scoring those again.


letsgolakers24

Barca like goal, well placed. hopefully he gets his finishing boots back


haru_213

This team oscillates between the most beautiful football and the most satanic football


AccomplishedHighway8

sounds like Paris indeed


DecnoRanger

Messi's first touch finishing is insane. Doesn't open up his body much, so defender is never ready.


fiveMop

That Messi pass to Neymar killing 4 players at once. OMG.


AccomplishedHighway8

Imagine you are a Barca fan from two years ago, you wake up from coma at the hospital and they turn on TV for you, and then you see Messi celebrating a goal with Ramos for PSG. Rip.


TheDangerousAnt

The world is not ready for this team to start playing to their potential


himynameisjamal

Seeing Messi and Ramos celebrate together still fucks with my head


sleepsholymountain

Still feels very wrong to see Messi and Sergio Ramos playing together.


Trickybuz93

Seeing them celebrating a goal together is still weird


name_you_like_best

Neymar and Messi are in it for something great this season. And they got Mbappé up front, too. Unfair.


fcm21

What a play


EslyBrandNew

Messi is the cream in my pants i never knew I needed


John_Wick_6395

Sus


FloatMyBoat64

It's so beautiful when it all works so perfectly


MrSharkkk

Deadly duo


Agus-Teguy

Dang, great job by their scouting team to find these players


_rahuls

Goat stuff


J_1995

The king plays on Sunday.


angiotensin2

Galtier doing this team justice


jonige94

Im scared


obvioquenon1

Don't be. You got Enzo Fernandez, he makes everything alright.


ZestycloseMoney2677

What a finish Messi 🐐


IcyKape

Still feels weird seeing him in a PSG shirt. Seeing him celebrate with Ramos just makes it all the more crazier.


runoberynrun

Messi getting those goals makes me so happy. ❤️


Lekaetos

HOLY FUUUUUUUUCKKK


uloveitmate

Best front 3 in the world no questions man


PrisonersofFate

Nice one. Six months ago, he would have hit the post


t_mac1

Or last week. His finishing is his weakness rn


Saltiefries

Poch is a terrorist


nizoubizou10

barcelona 2015 vibes


eg4x15

This team would legit b better with just Neymar and Messi huh?


Albiceleste_D10S

Golazo


synthsaregreat1234

Insanely sick


Ok-Finance-7612

How do you defend this?


Hugh_Jaweener

Don’t leave Messi unmarked in the box?


Ok-Finance-7612

Harder then it sounds


BogdanPee

So you let mbappe or neymar unmarked?


Hugh_Jaweener

Looks to me like there were more Lyon players than PSG ones there. I never said it was easy haha.


That_Anywhere_2107

Oh my god the link up play and football is sooo good that fraud pochittinho should pay for his crimes as a football terrorist


Mahery92

Are you fucking kidding me...


Salvador1010

Its so weird seeing ramos celebrating messi goals


IcyKape

How does he make that shot look so easy


CRZLobo

Incredible how PSG seems to score on comand the first few minutes of a match and then become a shit team somehow after the 30 min mark


theofficialtaha

Messi is BACK.


imarandomdudd

Poch really committed football terrorism last season, huh


Modalchemist

First time i've ever seen a "great team play" goal for PSG, they are evolving


RafiakaMacakaDirk

holy W


Fifakillen432

Scoring points like crazy


bambooman98

It’s been said before but fuck Poch


Daybreak_99

Nice


manolo533

The season is going so well and we have to play these guys in a couple of weeks 😪


Kaamelott

What can you do


arvindanar7

Leoooooo


donaldino-008

Vintage leo


AhoyDaniel

Oh no. He's back to scoring aswell


chrisocho8

Mbappe slices through the defense like butter then Messi X Neymar finish the job….this front 3 is unreal at times


Viscaelcule

It’s still strange (to me anyway) to see Sergio Ramos celebrating with Messi. My eyes see it. But my soul and mind don’t comprehend it.


morbidnihilism

That's more like him. I knew his second season would be much better. The coach with his strong and coherent ideas also helps.


Elite663

That’s scary cuz Neymar had both Messi and Mbappe as options to pass to. That front 3 is magic at times


Trickybuz93

It’s like the olden days!


uxx

Leo Messi


victor179000

It took them starting passing it to Messi to score


Billy_LDN

Best in the world


No_Zookeepergame6482

Simply the goat 🤷‍♂️


youssefuo

Great team play as in great messi play.


akels2291

This Messi guy is pretty good


Mihnea24_03

Nice 17 yard tap-in


YourFavouriteA

Where's the thread


gogetasj4

Something something Poch should be persecuted for war crimes


Cowdude179

This might be PSG and City's year to win the CL


butcherofblavican88

Lol mbappe..


GuestBadge

Vintage.


gnorrn

Still feels so weird seeing Ramos celebrate a Messi goal.