FC Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi opens up about change of position under coach Ernesto Valverde
Posted: 7 March 2018 Time: 12:31
FC Barcelona club-record goalscorer Lionel Messi has commented on his recent change of position and how it's influenced his overall performance levels with the LaLiga leaders.
Since graduating from the club's esteemed La Masia academy in 2004, Messi has developed from a diminutive winger to a prolific and explosive forward.
However, with the Blaugrana, the Argentina international has played in various attacking positions, with the false-nine role under Pep Guardiola between 2008 and 2012 an integral stage of his development.
Now under head coach Ernesto Valverde, at the age of 30, the club talisman now features as a deep-lying forward alongside Luis Suarez within a 4-4-2 formation.
"In the last year I might have moved my position backwards a little bit more and come from behind to [attack] the box, unlike other years that I was [playing] more up front," Messi said, as quoted by Marca.
"It is true that I've done that, but always with the idea of continuing to score goals."
Despite the recent change, Messi has maintained his performance levels, scoring 32 goals and registering 16 assists in 41 games.