Messi would start to become a great player but in the moment that he made his debut, it was like just another youngster that had arrived to the Barcelona team from the academy.


” Didier Drogba is enjoying himself in the MLS. Not only did the Chelsea legend notch his ninth goal in as many games, he also produced a super free kick to clinch what proved to be the winner for Montreal Impact on Saturday night. The 37-year-old struck just before the quarter hour mark, catching the Colorado Rapids goalkeeper out with a brilliant dipping effort from 30 yards.

Impact would hold on to win 1-0. ” ” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told his players to ‘enjoy’ playing against Lionel Messi when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League. Spurs host the Spanish champions at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night, and the manager wants his team to savour every moment of playing on the same field as ‘one of the best players in the history of football’.

3 Tottenham players will be able to tell their grandchildren about when they played Messi at Wembley, says Mauricio Pochettino Pochettino has no special plans for stopping five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi – which he described as an ‘impossible task’ – who will lead out a Barca side hoping to end a mini-slump of three straight games without victory. But the Argentine has suggested there is more on offer to his players than just a possible three points… “I am not going to try to find a solution,” the Tottenham manager  said ahead of the game. “I am going to say to the players: ‘Enjoy playing against Messi, because you are going to have the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football’.1xbet football betting “More than it worrying you, it needs to excite you to play and so you can say – like you say to me – ‘Oh, I played against Messi, or I played against Maradona, or I played against Ronaldo. “This is the type of player that you are going to remember.

For your ego, it’s a thing that you are going to tell your kids and grandkids.” 3 Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, a nine-time LaLiga champion and four-time Champions League winner Pochettino then harked back to when he lined up alongside boyhood hero Diego Maradona for Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys during the early days of his playing career. He added: “Sometimes, my kids say to me, ‘Ah, you played with Maradona, you played with this or you play with that,’ and they are so proud. “So, enjoy.

Enjoy to play against Messi. “It’s difficult to find solutions to try to stop him, I promise you. I think it’s impossible. So you must only to enjoy it, be close, help the players that are going to face him. “When he has the ball we have to try to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal.

Because if not, it’s terrible – if he is close and takes the ball.” Few know that Pochettinho was actually on the pitch when Messi made his league debut for Barcelona aged just 17 against Espanyol. 3 Pochettino made over 300 appearances for Espanyol and later managed the club And while the manager may hold the Argentina superstar on a pedestal now, he admits Messi went completely under the radar in that game, when the teenager became, at the time, the youngster player to represent the Catalan giants in competitive football. “I don’t remember him,” admitted the Spurs coach. “Messi would start to become a great player but in the moment that he made his debut, it was like just another youngster that had arrived to the Barcelona team from the academy. “Like it was Xavi or Andres Iniesta or like this, or Ivan De La Pena.

For me, De La Pena, it was like an explosion of, wow, excitement, when De La Pena start to play. People called him ‘Little Buddha’. I always remember Ronaldo saying he was the best player that he’d seen in his life and that he played with. “When De La Pena started to play in the first-team, it was massive noise.

But look, you say to me, you played in Messi’s debut. No, I don’t remember it.” “