Messi gives Barcelona another level – Pique
Gerard Pique lauded Lionel Messi after his spellbinding performance in Barcelona's 5-1 Champions League win over Lyon, saying he gives them "another level".
After drawing 0-0 away to Lyon last month, there was a hint of uncertainty about Barca's position heading into the return leg, particularly when Lucas Tousart pulled one back on Wednesday to make it 2-1.
At that stage another goal would have sent Lyon through on away goals, but Barca – or more specifically Messi – stepped things up in the final 12 minutes.
The Argentina star scored one to add to his first-half penalty, before setting up Pique and Ousmane Dembele to wrap up what ultimately proved to be a comfortable win.
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Barca head into the last eight as one of the favourites, with Messi's presence giving them an extra level few clubs can reach.
"The big stars add up to a lot," said Pique. "Behind them they have to have great teams to help them, because it is historically proven that a player cannot win big competitions [alone].
"But, obviously, having players like Messi in the team makes you have another level.
"When you have doubts, as has been the case [against Lyon], they appear and give you the peace of mind necessary to progress."