Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng says he could see problems between Lionel Messi and Barcelona even before their stunning Champions League quarter-final victory.
Barca suffered one of the worst defeats in their entire history at the hands of Bayern in Europe last season. Hansi Flick’s men knocked them out of the Champions League at the last eight stage, winning 8-2 in a one-off knockout tie in Lisbon.
The humiliating result cost Quique Setien his job, and compounded a miserable campaign for Barca which saw them fail to win a trophy for the first time since 2007-08.
Boateng insists he could see that the Barca superstar’s patience was wearing thin before coming up against him in the Champions League, which Bayern went on to win by beating Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain.
“You noticed in advance that there was drama between Messi and Barcelona,” the German defender told Bild.
Messi has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, where his former mentor Pep Guardiola is currently plying his trade, and Boateng can see a final deal coming to fruition due to their past relationship.
The Bayern defender, who spent the 2010-11 season at City, added:
“Pep and Messi have celebrated great successes together, which is why both sides know that their philosophies would fit together.”
Source: News update