Monday, September 24, 2012


Lionel Messi has denied he has any problem with Spaniard team mate David Villa after an argument between the two during Barcelona's 2-0 La Liga win over Granada on Saturday was seized by some in the Spanish media as evidence that they do not get on.

Just before half time in the game at the Camp Nou, with the score still at 0-0, Messi had a disagreement with Villa after a move broke down inside the Granada penalty area, appearing to blame him for not passing to him early enough.

Spanish television repeatedly replayed images of the discussion from different angles, with pundits attempting to lip-read what had been said, and suggesting it showed a deeper issue between the two. 

However, Messi insists that there is no need to over-analyse a situation which has passed and has played down the incident.

"I have no problem with el Guaje, just the opposite. My history with him is spectacular. This dressing-room is spectacular. 
Do not look for problems where there are none. We got angry because we want the best for the team and tension makes you react like that."  He concluded

It had looked like Barca were about to drop their first points of the new La Liga campaign, until substitute Xavi Hernandez popped up with an 87th minute screamer to save their blushes.

This was followed by an injury-time own goal by Granada centre-half Borja Gomez, after Messi had dribbled into the area and pulled a dangerous ball back across goal.

The win means Barca have won their opening five La Liga games under new coach Tito Vilanova, even though they have yet to hit to top form. 

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