Staying grounded secret of our success: Barcelona’s Messi

Madrid, March 18 (IANS) FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi reckons staying grounded was the reason behind the Catalan football giants’ recent success.

Messi and teammates Luis Suarez and Neymar have netted an incredible 106 goals between them this season as Barcelona lead the La Liga while reaching the final of the Spanish Cup and the quarter-finals of the European Champions League, reports Xinhua.

However, Messi said his side’s success was down to more than the form of its attacking trident.

“I don’t think Barca is just the three in attack. We have a very big squad and are much more than just three players,” he was quoted as saying by Spanish sports paper Diario AS on Friday.

“There are players here who have won everything in their careers and who carry on playing as if they have never won anything,” he said, highlighting the humility of companions such as Andres Iniesta.

“The important thing is the humility in the dressing room, that allows the players to do the work every day out on the training ground,” said the Argentine.

Barcelona recently beat the Spanish record of 34 games without defeat and have now gone 38 matches since they were last beaten.

“I don’t really think that we bear that in mind. We don’t talk about it and it doesn’t bother us. We think about winning titles, if that gives us a record, then that’s good, but it is no good holding a record if you don’t win any titles,” he explained.

Barcelona hold an 8-point lead over Atletico Madrid in the league, “it is close, but we are not ruling anyone out and we know that whoever we play in quarter-finals of the Champions League will be difficult,” concluded Messi.

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