During his time at Atletico Madrid, defender Kieran Trippier also had the opportunity to encounter Lionel Messi.
This period often saw confrontations between the representatives of Madrid and Barcelona – the team that Messi was playing at that time. The encounters brought interesting developments, but many times the owner of the 7 Ballon d’Or was the one who changed the game.
In a recent interview with Goal, Trippier shared that even a coach famous for his defensive play like Diego Simeone could not find a way to counter El Pulga. The only thing the 52-year-old strategist told his students when facing Messi was to pray.
“It’s funny because obviously Simeone and Messi are both Argentinian,” said Trippier.
“Even he would say in front of meetings, basically ‘pray.’ You can’t do anything. You can’t organize or set up to stop him because he’s the one. only.”
Truong Son | 06:29 07/01/2023