As the year draws to a close, Barcelona have recovered from a stuttering start to the campaign to establish themselves as the La Liga leaders.
Ernesto Valverde’s men did not have the best of starts to their title defence with their form away from home being inconsistent in particular.
However, they have slowly regained their swagger as the season has worn on with Lionel Messi leading the charge once again.
The Argentine wizard had his share of injury troubles at the start of the campaign with Barcelona’s form suffering as a result. Now back to full fitness, Messi has been banging in 15 goals and nine assists over the course of 18 appearances in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
See what Valverde had to say about Messi’s significance and Barcelona’s improvement in general in the video posted above.
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