Frenkie de Jong sparked Wednesday evening in a new Lionel Messi show by FC Barcelona, which defeated Elche CF in his 2900th league match with 3-0. In the Spanish media De Jong and Messi get the compliments.
Barça lost two expensive points against Cádiz CF last weekend and had something to do with relegation candidate Elche. After a disappointing first half Messi took his team by the hand. The Argentine vedette made two goals, of which his second was largely on the account of De Jong. Jordi Alba took care of the final chord.
‘The Young, el ‘rompelíneas‘ del Barça, Barça’s line breaker‘, headlines Mundo Deportivo about the 23-year-old Dutchman. ‘Ronald Koeman reached Miralem Pjanic after a dramatic first half of the field and twenty minutes later Sergio Busquets overtook, which allowed De Jong to play further forward. Not much later the impact was there: De Jong saw the space, broke full of quality and character through the lines of Elche and servant Messi tailor-made for his second goal. ‘
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The game of Barça in the first half was’ terrible ‘, according to MD. ‘Slow, exhausting, barely chances: it was not good. But Messi solved the problems. On the basis of the Argentine magician, Barcelona clung to the title again. ‘ The backlog on top runner Atlético Madrid, who played one match less, is five points.
‘The start of Barça was depressing, ‘also saw Diario AS. “Koeman’s team summoned the image of a dying man trying to escape from his grave digging. Disastable, that‘s it. But in five minutes, Messi drew the game to himself. He made his second goal after an impressive dribble by De Jong. It was a race that started with depression and ended with Messi who saved his team from ruin.”
Due to his double stroke, Messi is’ normal ‘again with eighteen goals in the top scoring ranking of La Liga. “Koeman had asked his key players to remove the chestnuts from the fire, but the majority (Griezmann, Dembélé, Busquets and Lenglet) started on the bench,” says Diario SPORT. “Messi not: he keeps making a difference.”
SPORT rewards Messi with a 9 for his performance. De Jong gets a 7. ‘Involved‘, it sounds about the Dutchman. “He did not make an inspiring impression for rest, but little by little he became more important. He showed the best version of himself at the 2-0, and after a powerful solo he gave a golden assist on Messi. ‘
In the ‘Madrileense’ newspaper Marca, De Jong is the best Barça player of the evening, after Messi. The former Ajacied is called “El Artista.” “He practically departed from the midline, walked past a few Elche players and put the icing on the cake with a Laudrup pass, without looking.”