Let's win even more, roars Leo

Let's win even more, roars Leo

Published May. 29, 2011 2:25 p.m. ET

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has warned the world that Pep Guardiola's team are hungrier than ever for more silverware.

Barca confirmed their place among history's greatest sides at Wembley on Saturday night.

The revered Catalans earned Guardiola his second Champions League trophy in three seasons and the club's fourth in total with an awesome 3-1 win over Manchester United in London.

It was Guardiola's 10th trophy in his first three years as a top-flight coach and effectively sealed Barca's place as one of the game's finest.


Messi, who characteristically scored Barca's winner with an excellent opportunist strike in the second half, has now won the European Cup three times. But the Argentinian, still just 23, wants so much more.

"This team is incredible," he said. "I think today we can't really fully appreciate what we're doing, what we are achieving.

"We want to keep winning trophies - and we can keep going further and further."

Even the modest Messi had to acknowledge the gulf in class.

"We were superior against Manchester and deserved the win," he said.

"It is another cup for us and I managed to score a goal again. I saw a bit of space there, the goalkeeper came out a bit and luckily it went in.

"Now we're going on holiday - after taking the cup home to our people - then we will start thinking about what we can achieve next season."

Victory saw Guardiola lift the European Cup as a coach 19 years after winning Barca's first as a player at Wembley.

It came, too, against the side Barca edged in Rome two years ago when the Catalans' class prevailed in a 2-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson's United.

This time, victory was even more comprehensive.

Pedro, the most under-rated of Barca's illustrious line-up, gave his side a deserved lead when he coolly buried from Xavi's incisive pass.

United, who had started brightly, recovered well and went in at the break level following Wayne Rooney's well-worked equaliser.

But Barca's spirit and class told after the break as United struggled to keep answering questions posed by their opponents' dominance of the ball.

Guardiola's side, so often accused of trying to walk the ball in, won it with two uncharacteristic strikes.

First, Messi received a square pass from Andres Iniesta, carried it forward casually and, looking up, bent the ball past Edwin van der Sar with deceptive power.

Barca were not done, however, and wrapped it up with a deserved third when David Villa curled home a beautiful shot to really kick-start the victory celebrations.

Guardiola was then forced to spend time deflecting questions about his future, having been linked with the Chelsea job recently.

While he is known to be keen to avoid going stale at the Nou Camp, the local boy seems content to continue building a phenomenal legacy.

"We're pleased with the win because of how we did it, against Manchester United, one of the greats," he said.

"We have produced something extraordinary, though, and we have four European Cups now, joining Ajax and Bayern Munich."

The win took Barca ahead of United, who boast three, and one behind Liverpool, with five - though they remain five off record-holders Real Madrid.

Guardiola also highlighted the progress made since 2009, when he led Barca to an unprecedented treble in his first season in charge.

"We played much better than two years ago in Rome," he said. "And against a superb team that has also improved."

Barca forward Ibrahim Afellay, who came on as a substitute at Wembley, is desperate for Guardiola to stay.

The Dutchman, who only joined from PSV Eindhoven in January yet finds himself a European champion, said: "He signed a new contract (in February), so we think he is going to stay.

"We hope he stays, because he is the best coach in the world.

"He was part of the reason I joined. If a coach like that tells you he wants you then you come. But with a club like Barcelona, you don't have to think for one second."