Messi says Barca ready to fight for titles as season nears
Lionel Messi says he has no regrets about promising to win last season's Champions League and vows to continue the fight this year
SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 4, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish) BARCELONA CAPTAIN LEO MESSI SAYING: "The truth is that it is hard to say something after last season, but I don't regret anything about it and I would say again what I said last season." 3.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish) BARCELONA CAPTAIN LEO MESSI SAYING: "I trust in this team, in these players, in this technical staff, and I don't have any doubt that we are all going to fight for everything again." 4.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish) BARCELONA CAPTAIN LEO MESSI SAYING: "As we all know and we all want, this club will always fight to win everything, and this year is not going to be different.
We have new hope and I hope you feel the same.
Hurray Barça and hurray Catalonia!" 5.
BARCELONA COACH ERNESTO VALVERDE SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER DEFEATING ARSENAL 2-1 6.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH ERNESTO VALVERDE ON ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, SAYING: "He (Griezmann) can play in both positions, really in any position of the front line, until now he is playing in the center because he was practically the only specific forward we had in Japan.
For us it is an advantage that he has that versatility and we will use him in all positions." 7.
ARSENAL COACH UNAI EMERY SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER MATCH 8.
SOUNDBITE (English) ARSENAL COACH UNAI EMERY SAYING: "I'm really happy with our work, with our performance, the next week we are going to start the Premier (League) against
Class="kln">Newcastleand the result is important, it's going to be important, but not today, not in the preseason.
We want to create a winning mentality but the first was in the preseason and today is to work with every player, with young players, with other players, to start thinking how we can be better for the first match against Newcastle.
We have some injuries, but is normal also for every team and today I think we played a good match here, in Barcelona, with a good team." STORY: More than 98,000 fans gathered at Camp Nou Sunday (August 4) to cheer on Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and the Barcelona squad as they were introduced before the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy friendly, with the Premier League's Arsenal in town for this year's edition.
Messi, who didn't play in the match, addressed the crowd before the start and said he had no regrets about promising to win last season's Champions League and assured them that Barca would continue the fight this season.
Playing without new addition Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal jumped out to a 1-0 first half lead on a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who easily beat new Barcelona keeper Neto.
Barca fought back in the second half thanks to an Arsenal own-goal on a bad pass from Ainsley Maitland-Niles to goalie Bernd Leno and then a 90th minute strike from Luis Suarez.