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01.11.2011 23:58

Messi: “My objective is to help the team, not beat César’s record”

The Argentinian scored his 200th goal plus two more for Barça against Viktoria, but modestly said afterwards that “I am happy to have reached such an important number of goals, but I am here to help my team mates.”

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The 1-1 draw between Milan and BATE means FC Barcelona are mathematically through to the next round of the Champions League, as are the Italians. Ibrahimovic put Milan in front, but Bressan equalised from the penalty spot. BATE Borisov and Viktoria Plzen are therefore knocked out, and will fight out a place in the Europa League. Barça have a day off on Wednesday and will return to training on Thursday.

It was a record breaking night for Barça. Guardiola enjoyed his 200th game as manager, in which time the team has scored 500 goals. Valdés broke Miguel Reina’s record and has now not picked the ball out of the net for 877 minutes. And Leo Messi has set his umpteenth record, having made it to 200 goals for the club and scored two consecutive hat tricks for the first time ever.

The Argentinian said “we knew the Milan score and we wanted to win, but it was a very difficult game because of the pressure created by Viktoria. They are not such a famous team, but all the teams in the Champions league are very strong”.

Piqué, Cesc and Messi, all members of the famous generation of 87, had only played 23 minutes together for the first team, but finally shared the field for 90 minutes in the Czech Republic, and the connection between Messi and Cesc was once again plain to see. The players made 40 passes between each other, 17 from Leo to Cesc and 23 the other way.
Messi also mentioned the B team’s Isaac Cuenca. “He is a different player to what we’ve got. He contributes many things, he loses his man, he’s good in the one-on-one and he also provides great crosses”.


“I am very happy with the record, which I dedicate to my parents”.

“We have already qualified, not the aim is to finish top”.

Dani Alves

“I am really happy for Víctor, he has won it through hard work and doing things well”.

(On his suspension) "They’re refereeing decisions, there’s no going back, you have to take it on the chest. Guardiola already told me to go carefully".

(On Messi’s records) “It looks like this kid shows promise” (laughs).

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