TBT Sports Desk:
Lionel Messi almost single-handedly restored peace at Barcelona by scoring once and setting up two more goals in a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday, before speaking out about the chaotic week for the Catalan club.
Messi passed for goals by Neymar and Luis Suarez before he scored his 25th goal in as many games this season.
He then denied media reports by saying he never called for coach Luis Enrique to be replaced. He also shot down speculation that his father had spoken to Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester City.
“I never demanded anything in order that I stay because I don’t have any intention of leaving,” Messi said.
While Messi helped Barcelona remain in the Spanish league title hunt, Southampton stunned Manchester United 1-0 in England.