Messi played well yesterday, but all the adulation being poured on him isn’t deserved. It was an incredible team effort, and Messi lost the ball several times right in front of the goal. He didn’t play any better than anyone else.
I thought SAF’s strategy was disastrous. They weren’t applying any pressure in the midfield. Once Barca gets within 25 yards, they are going to score. Their biggest strength yesterday was being able to hit the corners of the goal from outside the 18.
The most impressive thing was how Barca kept the ball on the ground the whole game. Even their corner kicks were short passes. Totally unique style, and SAF had no clue how to deal with it.