Former Argentina boss Cesar Menotti does not believe Lionel Messi started a revolution against Barcelona coach Luis Enrique amid ongoing reports that the duo have fallen out.
The 44-year-old approached the Barca board ealier in the season after becoming aggrieved over Messi’s superiority in the dressing room, and speculation mounted that either coach or player could ultimately quit the club.
Things have since calmed down following a series of good results, however, with Messi’s recent form – which included a sublime hat-trick against Deportivo – suggesting he is approaching his best again.
And Menotti believes any animosity has been buried, telling COPE: “I do not believe that Messi was leading some sort of revolution or mutiny against the coach.
“Messi looked tired and preoccupied, but he is now looking fresh and eager again. There must be a relationship between Messi’s resurgence and Barcelona’s return to form.
“The team is looking more confident than before because there are fewer changes to the team. There were so many changes and nobody really knew what to expect.
“I have a feeling that the position of the coach is clearer now and this has boosted confidence. Messi is a phenomenon and he is feeling well. I believe that Leo has recovered from the fatigue that as holding him back.”
Messi has netted 28 goals in 26 appearances for Barca in all competitions so far this term.