Sid Lowe for The Guardian:
It wasn’t back because they did not lose, not often. “Everything changed,” Messi later admitted. Players may have still had their doubts, they may not have always appreciated the work done by their manager, but things were falling into place and they were certainly fitter than ever before. Compromises were made, differences were diminished, the relationship reconstructed. With victory came union, a shared purpose. “We believed at difficult moments,” Javier Mascherano said on Sunday. “We overcame adversity. We laughed when we had to laugh and suffered when we had to suffer.” His message on Sunday night was important; his message that night, following the 3-1 win, was even more vital. The Chief playing chief.
Great as usual from Lowe. He is a fantastic writer.