Lionel Messi penalty: Luis Enrique told plan moments before

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Lionel Messi's penalty took nearly everyone at the Camp Nou by surprise on Sunday evening. Messi and Luis Suarez combined from the penalty spot to surprise the watching world. 

But it appears that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique wasn't involved in the plan as he was only made aware of what was about to happen moments before the spot kick. 

While Enrique was initially oblivious - he was just happy that his side had been awarded the spot-kick - the Barcelona coaching staff just couldn't keep the secret from him. 


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As you can see below, the Barcelona goalkeeping coach revealed all to the club's manager. It's safe to say that Enrique's reaction to the revelation was rather amusing. 

It all went to plan, of course, as Messi passed the ball forward for Suarez to slide it home with ease. 

Enrique reaction

You can see how Enrique reacted the plan here: 

Pass penalty 

And we're not going to deny you a second chance to see the sublime penalty. Here it is: 

Meant for Neymar 

Incredibly, though, it has since been revealed that Messi's pass was actually meant for Brazil captain Neymar. 

Following the game, as per the Independent, Neymar stated: "It was for me, we had practiced it in training! Leo and myself had practiced but Luis was closer and he scored it.

"Our friendship is the most important thing. It doesn't matter who scores the goals just that we win the games."

Worry for Arsenal 

With the return of the Champions League imminent, Barcelona must be feeling confident that they can retain their trophy. 

The Catalans are full of confidence right now and there appears to be no stopping them as they go in search of making even more history. 

With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in sensational form, Arsenal are going to have to be at their very best over the two legs to keep the Spanish giants at bay. 

Even if Arsene Wenger's side play at their maximum, they may not be able to stop Enrique's glorious team. 

Do Arsenal stand any chance against Barcelona? Have your say below! 

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