Lionel Messi reached yet another landmark on Saturday as his two goals helped Barcelona to a 4-1 win over Real Zaragoza. The Argentine has so far netted 60 goals this season and is within touching distance of Gerd Muller’s European record of 67 goals in one season.
Muller set the record while playing for Bayern back in the 1972-73 campaign a feat that is yet to be matched to this day. The win was a huge result for Barcelona as they cut down Madrid’s lead at the summit of the league to just 3 points. Los Blancos are scheduled to play Valencia later on today at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking after the match, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola emphasized the importance of his team to keep focused on the remaining matches as they still have a chance of winning the title.
“All we can do is keep going and see what happens in the matches still to play. We knew this would be a difficult game for the way that the opposition has been playing in the last month and the state of the pitch made it worse for both of us,”
Equally impressed with the win was Barca captain Carles Puyol who had to have stitches above his eye after sustaining a cut during the course of the match.
“We knew that Zaragoza were coming to the game in good form. For that reason these three points are very important,” he said.
“We have done our job and there is still a lot of football to be played.”
Barcelona next play on Tuesday when they face Getafe at the Nou Camp. Meanwhile their arch rivals Madrid should be confident heading into tonight’s game against Valencia.
Madrid are unbeaten in their last 15 games and they will will be looking to maintain their impressive 87% win rate at home when Valencia come visiting.
Truth be said, i don’t see Valencia coming out of Madrid with a positive result. If their past 3 league games are anything to go by, tonight’s game should be business as usual for Madrid.
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