Lionel Messi spoke about FC Barcelona with Spanish paper Diario Sport. Here is some of what the player -currently in Buenos Aires preparing for next Sunday’s World Cup qualifying game against Ecuador- said in this interview:

I am an optimistic person. I am confident that things will be better in the future. We have what it takes to be strong again next year

We didn’t win the trophies because we lacked consistency. The team will learn from its mistakes. We believe in ourselves and know what we are capable of

Pep Guardiola knows what Barça is and what it means as an institution. He won many trophies with the club as a player; let’s hope he can do the same now as a coach. People have high expectations on him, and that is something I like. We all must expect the best in every new season and work together to achieve it

It’s up to FC Barcelona and the AFA (Argentinian Football Association) to make a consensual decision on whether or not I will play the Olympics