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Leo Messi in Tbilisi

Messi Thanks Tbilisi Fans after Barça beat Sevilla

Lionel Messi hailed the fans in Tbilisi for turning the UEFA Super Cup into a “home” game for Barcelona against Sevilla as he and the two coaches reflected on a nine-goal thriller.

Lionel Messi, Man of the match:
“I’ve just been lucky enough to score those (two early free-kicks) and I’m very happy the team won and very grateful to everyone for their support and such a warm welcome. We seemed to be the home team (with the support in the crowd)! It was like we were the hosts and we’re very pleased to have won.

The key thing is to win and to win as many trophies as possible. Winning today was significant because of what the Super Cup represents in terms of starting the season on the right foot, so we’re delighted. All trophies are great.

The match began strangely for us, we were losing but then I thought we were much better and stronger. We had the ball for the first hour, we created opportunities and scored but then we relaxed and they pressed harder and scored and that was pretty tough. It looked like we were winning hands down but they came back.

I’m thrilled that Pedro was the one to get the winning goal. Personally I don’t know what his decision will be (about staying at Barcelona) but we’re all with him and we’ll back him. We want the best for him given what he’s given the club – he deserves the best. I don’t know what he’ll decide but whatever he’ll have our support.”

Leo Messi

 

Leo Messi

 

Leo Messi

 

Leo Messi

 

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