Last Wednesday, in the Copa del Rey match against Espanyol, Lionel Messi scored his fourth seasonal goal coming directly from a free kick. This was Barcelona’s fifth seasonal free kick goal, if we add Neymar’s equalizer against Atlético Madrid.
In the below image you can find a schematic visualization of these free kick goals, along with some free kicks that hit the goal post and/or cross bar.
So, thinking about fouling Barcelona’s players close to the penalty area and preventing their run? Maybe that is not a great idea.