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Lionel Messi claims that Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique were his best mentors.

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Lionel Messi hails two of his former coaches as the best that he ever had.

Lionel Messi is once again in the spotlight of the media. He has been creating a lot of news this year, some good and some bad. Earlier this year, Messi started his transfer saga. Then, he was once again in the papers due to his legendary achievement. Now, he is once again creating waves due to his highly awaited interview with La SextaA part of the interview came out where he hailed Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as his greatest ever coaches at Barcelona.

On the 27th of December, Messi’s whole interview with the Spanish media channel will be released but for now, we have a snippet of what we can expect. Messi talks about his experience with the different coaches at Barcelona and the impact each of them left on him and his playstyle. He specifically mentions two coaches, Enrique and Guardiola, and hails them as the best. He says that he was lucky to have them both as his mentors and that they could make you see the game through a different dimension.

Talking about Guardiola, Messi said,

“Pep has something special, he makes you see things in a [different] way,”

“How he prepared the matches, defensively, how to attack, he told you exactly where the game was, how you had to attack to win.”

Source: Goal

The 33-year-old found immense success under both the coaches and won every trophy available with them. Guardiola’s reign at the Catalan side is often called the best Barcelona team while Enrique himself achieved some great feats especially in the 2014-15 season. After that, Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien both had mediocre seasons at best while Ronald Koeman is still struggling to get to the top of the table.

It is very much possible that Koeman’s job could be under scrutiny after the elections on the 24th of January. Xavi Hernandez is tipped to get the job and Messi himself wants the Spaniard to become the head coach. If Koeman is unable to close the gap by the election, he may very well be back on his way to another league or a national team.

Image Credit – FC Barcelona Facebook

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