Mourinho plays down Messi effect, says team makes Barcelona successful
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Mourinho plays down Messi effect, says team makes Barcelona successful

Barcelona after a treble winning campaign last time around are is prime position to repeat the feat this season.

They are 8 points away from Atletico Madrid at the top of the La Liga points table and are already into the final of the Copa del Rey.

And recently they beat Arsenal in the Round of 16 of the Champions League 5-1 on aggregate moving into the quarter final of the tournament for the 10th consecutive time.

It helps when the front line consists of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr but ex-Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho felt that the great amount of success that the Catalan giants have enjoyed in recent times was up to the whole team.

The trio all scored a goal a piece at the Camp Nou against Arsenal in the 3-1 victory and Mourinho explained that these results come firstly from their team ethic – and not their individual superstars.

“First of all it’s about individual players,” he said in an interview with BT Sport .

Lionel Messi now has 26 title to his name in his time at Barcelona and has three Champions League trophies in this time. The Portuguese mastermind pointed out that the three trophies were won under three different managers and has showed his quality over the years.

“Just to give you an example, Messi won the Champions League with three different managers,” he added.

He went on to say that though individual player and their performances are important for the team, it is the combination of the team as a whole that wins trophies.

He exclaimed that a team is always bigger than an individual star and added that he will always be a team manager.

“I am a football team manager. I know that sometimes people think that the individual is more important than the team,” he said.

“But when I feel that it is time for me to take a permanent holiday – I still think that the team is more important than anything,” he added.

However, when you have three players who have more goals than any other club in Europe, it is always going to be easy to get through times. And Mourinho was quick to admit that the individual performances make a huge difference.

He added, “But the obvious reality is that there are some players who can make a difference.”

Mourinho is presently without a job after being sacked away from the Stamford Bridge and is widely expected to take over Manchester Untied at the start of the next season.

 

 

 

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