BARCELONA | LEO MESSI
"I had a lot of problems on and off the pitch last year"
Barcelona forward analyses his current purple patch and Barcelona's improvement since Real Sociedad loss.
Leo Messi gave an interview with Mundo Leo during which he discussed his below-par form last season and Barça's current form.
Season 2013-14: "The truth is that this year I tried to get to my best form as quickly as possible. I knew I was coming off the back of a not very good year, during which I went through a lot of problems on and off the field."
Season 2014-15: "It was a challenge to change the image that I had given out last season and to be the player I had been in previous seasons again. That was my objective and that's how I came out at the start of this season, really up for it."
Barça form: "The truth is that we're in good shape at the moment. Luckily, after the match against Real Sociedad [a 1-0 loss], where we didn't start the year very well, everything changed. Now there is a different dynamic to the team, everything we do comes off. The team has a lot of confidence and we're changed the attitude and drive. That's why we're playing like we are at the moment, but there is still a long way to go."
Objectives: "We still haven't won anything yet. There are many months of competition left in the league and in Europe. And we have to try and reach the cup final as well. We have to carry on as we are to reach our goals."
Champions League: "We drew [Manchester] City like last year and they are a team made up of great players, so it will be a difficult tie. Their objective is to go through because they haven't done for a while. It will be an even match-up and the little details will be what makes the difference. It will be a great game, and City have reinforced a lot [since last season]."