Since the storm Anoeta, Messi and Suarez always in the new year

first_imgOn January 4, 2015, Barça was about to experience one of the greatest explosions in its history. The team that then won the second triplet of its then 116 years almost leaps into the air after Luis Enrique decided to enforce his codes over the power of the best player in the club’s history and one of his best friends. Messi and Neymar, like Piqué, Rakitic and Daniel Alves, were substitutes against Real Sociedad and Barça lost 1-0. The matter, which came hot from the first training of the year, burst into Anoeta’s locker room. Madrid had lost in Valencia and Barça, instead of approaching the leadership, shot himself in the foot. Messi was not forgiven Luis Enrique, who had wanted to teach a lesson to those who had arrived late or worse, and threw an order at Bartomeu. “Or Luis Enrique or me.” The Argentine did not show up for open-door training on January 5 and the rope almost broke on the weaker side, which was obviously not Messi’s. They say that Xavi and Mascherano put a lot on their part so that the episode would close without more victims than Zubizarreta. The then Barça soccer director was fired badly. Shortly after, Carles Puyol, who had arrived with Zubi, also left on tiptoe. Since then, coaches, starting with Luis Enrique and continuing with Valverde, have been careful at the beginning of the year. They have respected the vacations of the South Americans and put them on the team when they return from their Christmas break. In the 2015-16 season, Barça played in the Espanyol field on January 2 and drew to zero. Messi and Suarez were starters and played the 90 minutes. In the 2016-17 season, another draw against Villarreal (1-1) with a goal from Messi on January 8. Argentinian and Uruguayan played 90 minutes. Messi and Suarez also played the first game of the year 2018. It was against Levante de Muñiz. 3-0, on a January 7. Messi dialed and gave an assist; Suarez scored another goal. Finally, last year, Suárez and Messi scored Barça goals in Getafe, which was played on Kings Day and finished 1-2. In fact, Messi and Suarez have not only played the first game of the year since 2015. It was in Copa del Rey against Celta in Vigo (1-1, goal by Arnáiz). Neither was summoned and Barça tied one. But since that Anoeta storm, none has missed the first league game of the calendar year.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 3, 2020last_img