Former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique has revealed that Lionel Messi is such a fine player that it was difficult to teach the 32-year-old during his time at the Camp Nou.
According to the Spain’s coach, it was difficult to train the Argentine skipper. He insists that Messi’s managers do not have need to train him on his individual gameplay.
The Argentina International widely recognized as one of the finest players to have ever graced the game won his sixth Balon D’Or following another successful season in Spain’s top-flight.
The captain has arguably been in the best form of his football career even as he approaches his twilight years, dragging the Catalans forward amidst all the managerial changes they saw this term.
Enrique who managed Messi between the years 2014 and 2017 before taking over as the coach of the Spain National team in 2018. The former Barcelona boss admitted he couldn’t impact upon the forward in terms of his individual style.
He says he instead had to utilise the talents of the player for the overall benefit of the team.
“How do we train Leo Messi?” he stated during a Q&A session organised by the Spain national team. “There is a little bit of everything. I cannot tell him how to dribble or how to pass or shoot because he is an artist at those things and it’s clear that we don’t have to advise him on these topics.
“But things relating to the systems we use, situations or things as a more general level that benefit us, for sure we tell him.
“How to create pressure in a certain way, where do we want the ball, what spaces on the pitch should he be taking up to try to receive the ball… we tried to influence him regarding all those things.”