Barcelona defender, Jordi Alba has disclosed that teammate, Lionel Messi scares opponents on the pitch.
Alba also said Messi’s presence on the field of play calms Barca players.
Speaking ahead of Barcelona Champions League quarter-finals clash with Roma at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, Alba told a pre-match press conference that, “When Messi is on the pitch, opponents become scared and we become calm”.
“He makes every one of us play better when he is on the pitch compared to when he is not and you could see this at Sevilla – when he changed the game completely.
“His introduction changed the course of the game and of course he provided the crucial second goal – he makes and scores the chances which turn matches.”
Meanwhile, Messi helped change the game for Barca in their weekend draw at Sevilla as he was introduced when his side trailed 2-0, yet he netted a late equalising goal.