Lionel Messi has 'normalised the extraordinary' at Barcelona - Sid Lowe | Champions League

Lionel Messi has 'normalised the extraordinary' at Barcelona - Sid Lowe | Champions League

Lionel Messi has 'normalised the extraordinary' at Barcelona - Sid Lowe | Champions League

Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League semifinals was extraordinary, even by his lofty standards.

"We couldn't defend the free kick".

However, he believes Messi will remain with the club until the day he retires, which could be over 10 years from now.

"Of course they [Barcelona] have a good team, they have phenomenal players, but that player [Messi] is absolutely incredible", Mourinho said.

The 51-year-old jokingly said in his first press conference as the Reds boss that he would coach in Switzerland if his side did not win a title in four years.

"We're disappointed by the result on the scoresheet because I don't think it says how the game was really", the Dutchman told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle. "I had to make sure I didn't give him enough space to play deep balls into the area but at the same time, I needed to be sufficiently close to him to tackle him when necessary". He's a footballer. So we talk football, but he will stay here with us.

He then compared Messi with the likes of Brazilian legend Pele, as the latter played all of his life for Santos. He is a better player now, but the signs were always there that van Dijk could become top class.

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34 of those have come in the league, which Barcelona have wrapped up already with games to spare.

Their 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg victory against Liverpool nearly has them into the final where they will be favourites against either Tottenham Hotspur or Ajax.

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