Could we be seeing a red lines for Leo? His impact in the first six games of the 2020/21 campaign is slowly raising eye brows as he struggles in a new position as part of a new system.
Messi is yet to be at his brilliant best with just one goal from five games, with his last league goal coming against Villarreal from the penalty spot to seal a 4-1 win.
His only other goal to date was again from the penalty spot, again sealing a big win, the 5-0, as he continues to search for his best form.
“I’m not so obsessed with goals,” Messi said recently in Garganta Poderosa, and it seems that it is being reflected in his form, with this being his slowest goalscoring start to a campaign since 2014.
Adding in the two games played with Argentina in their World Cup qualification campaign, against Ecuador and Bolivia, Messi has scored another goal, another penalty, and played well against Bolivia, despite not scoring or assisting.
In total, 2020/21 has seen him play eight games, fail to register an assist and only score three goals, all from the penalty spot, with his last goal from open play coming against Napoli in the Champions League at Camp Nou.
He had also wished to break the 900 day el classico goalles jinx against madrid but the Argentine failed again to find the back of the net for the seventh consecutive match day as the last time he found the back of the net was during their 2:2 draw back in the 2017/2018 season.
The match that saw a rejuvinated madrid with Ziddane seemingly having his sums right asSergio Ramos rising up to his ‘captain’ fantastic badge when the Spaniard calmly converted from the spot to make him the highest scoring defender in the el classico.
His Penalty however,caused a stir with Barca’s boss questioning the V.A.R during his post match press,
“I didn’t understand some of the referee’s decisions,” he said. “The [penalty] decision influenced the end result a lot. Up until the penalty, we were doing well. [The penalty] had a big influence. I don’t understand VAR. I think there’s only VAR when it’s against Barcelona. This tugs always happen in the area.
“We’re five games in [to the season] and we haven’t benefited from [VAR] at all. The cards at Getafe… We didn’t deserve to lose like this. I told [the referee] that, hopefully, someone can explain to me how VAR works in Spain. We’re five games in and VAR has only come in against Barcelona. Never in favour.”
“It wasn’t a penalty on [Lionel] Messi against Sevilla, neither for the two reds against Getafe. I asked him why there’s only VAR against Barcelona. I haven’t spoken to [Lenglet] about the incident. I think there’s a foul from Ramos on Lenglet before. There’s a tug, but not enough to throw yourself to the ground like that… If you get tugged like that, you have to fall forwards, not backwards.
“It’s normal that Real Madrid players try to make the most of things because they get penalties. I don’t have a problem with that. The referee must decide, with VAR, if it is [a penalty or not]. I don’t want to talk about it anymore, but it was a decisive moment in the game.”
The match saw Luka Modrich come in as a substitute to pin the final nail in the Catalans’ coffin as He made it 3_1 after Federico Valvarde opened the accounts for the Los Blancos in the 5th minute. Ansu Fati came in for the rescue of the Catalans as he levelled things up three minutes later. The second half saw the white jersey’s dorminance on the ball with figures at the end of the match making it two consecutive wins for the Los Blancos in the El Classico