Barcelona are heading towards another treble , superstar Lionel Messi said on Friday, promising fans the La Liga leaders would go all out to win everything .
Chelsea await Barca in the Champions League last – 16 , they ’ re unbeaten in the league and ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid by 11 points , and the Catalan club face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi -finals next week after overcoming a 1 – 0 first – leg deficit to beat local rivals Espanyol 2 – 1 on aggregate on Thursday .
“ The objective is the same every season , try to win everything , ” the 30 -year – old Argentine told reporters ahead of their league game against Alaves on Sunday .
Barca are the only club to have ever won the continental treble twice , in 2009 with Pep Guardiola and in 2015 under Luis Enrique , and Messi is aiming for a hat – trick of trebles for both him and the club this season .
“ I ’ ve said it many times that my own personal objective is to help the team win titles . We hope to finish this season in the best way possible and it’ s going very well so far , ” said five-time Ballon d’ Or winner Messi .
“ There ’ s still a lot of football to play but luckily things are panning out well and we came back well against Espanyol. ”
Messi said the club’ s coach Ernesto Valverde , who took over in the last close season should be given credit for the upswing in results after a disappointing final season under Enrique that was compounded by Real Madrid winning the league and the Champions League.
“ The new coach was very clear in telling us what he wanted , which was rather similar to what we did before really , ” said Messi .
“ But things have tightened up at the back and we have the forwards to do the damage. ”