▲ Lio intends to know his punishment for the attack on Villalibre, from Athletic Bilbao. Afp photo

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La Jornada newspaper

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, p. a11

Madrid. Barcelona seemed to be on the fix, Ronald Koeman’s group had smiled again after an unequal start to the season by scoring 4 triumphes, however the expulsion on Sunday of Lionel Messi in the final of the Spanish Super Cup might lacerate the team’s march Barcelona, whose board of directors will present allegations to reach the least possible punishment, reported Mundo Deportivo.

Seventh in the league at the start of 2021, Barça reached their present third position, one step away from Real Madrid and leader Atlético de Madrid. Messi, 33, likewise appeared to restore his pleasure on the pitch, chaining doubles versus Athletic Bilbao and Granada in his last two league video games, but the Super Cup and his expulsion in the last have him tense waiting for punishment.

The Argentine star was in doubt till the last minute due to physical discomfort, however he leapt onto the pitch on Sunday in the last lost in overtime 3-2 against Athletic Bilbao. Leo came from an injury and it revealed. In his efficiency which of the whole team, the director of the Catalan sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Santi Nolla, composed in his column on Monday.

Terrible end for Messi, who played at a wagon speed. Maybe he wasn’t there, perhaps he shouldn’t have played, however who’s telling him? His exhausted rhythm was that of Barça, said the honorary president of the newspaper As, Alfredo Relaño. Without a strategy, without ideas, without resources and, in addition, without Pedri, Messi can not deal with whatever, the Sport newspaper added.

In basic, the Iberian press assaulted the Argentine for his attack on Asier Villalibre, who made him the first red card as a Blaugrana. He left the field in the worst possible method, wrote Marca, who anticipated a minimum of 2 suspension games.

The Barça captain was sent for hitting an opponent with his arm utilizing extreme force while the ball remained in play, but not at a distance from being played, the referee’s report states. Leo could be sanctioned between one and 12 video games, depending on the intensity thought about by the Disciplinary Committee of the Spanish Soccer Federation.

The punishment must be brought out in the next Cup matches (Barcelona plays on Thursday) and in the league, depending on the number of matches troubled them.

A lack that, if extended, could decrease the upward trajectory of a team extremely reliant on Rosario, who ends their contract in June and has not yet renewed with a Barça, immersed in an institutional crisis and led by a momentary board waiting for be able to hold elections.

Meanwhile, the sports director of Paris Saint Germain, Leonardo, revealed his interest in Messi before the end of his agreement with Barça, however guaranteed that the French club still does not contend for his services.

Great gamers like Messi will always be on the PSG roster, however this is not the time to talk or dream about this. We are not sitting at the (negotiating) table yet; however, our seat is reserved, he commented in an interview with France Football magazine.