Messi does things nobody else can do, says Iniesta

The Spain international had nothing but praise for the prolific attacker following Wednesday’s victory, but warned that the tie is not over just yet

Andres Iniesta has voiced his admiration for Lionel Messi in the wake of his superb performance in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

The Argentina international was the star of the show as he helped Barca to a vital home win with two goals and an assist in the final 15 minutes of the encounter at Camp Nou.

Iniesta has nothing but praise for his team-mate, saying the side are lucky to have him.

“Leo Messi does things that nobody else does. I take my hat off to him once again,” Iniesta told the official Barcelona website.

“We are lucky to be able to enjoy having him. He makes us happy.”

The Spanish midfielder then went on to voice his delight with Wednesday’s victory, but stressed that they cannot afford to get carried away.

“We tried to control the ball, but we knew they’d want it too. Our effectiveness in the last few minutes is what decided the game.

“We know what football is like. This is a semi-final against Bayern. Nothing has been decided yet because there are still 90 minutes to go and we’ll have to get things very right in Munich if we want to play the final. 

“We shouldn’t start thinking that nobody can beat us. We have to keep doing this, because if we stop, there are other very good teams and when you least expect it they can beat you.”