Barca shouldn't 'depend' on one player - Messi

Barca shouldn't 'depend' on one player - Messi

Barca shouldn't 'depend' on one player - Messi

Barcelona are in a real spot of bother right now.

Valverde has explained Messi along with Sergio Busquets needed the rest.

Messi came on in the second half and grabbed the assist for Munir El Haddadi's equaliser at the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Spanish League champions Barcelona were handed their first defeat of the season after losing 2-1 to Leganes away from home.

Lionel Messi couldn't add to his 595 goals in his 700th appearance with Barcelona, including 55 non-official games. "We have the strength in depth so we want to make the most of it".

Leganes had done well to limit their deficit to one goal and they came flying out of the blocks after halftime, chasing down their opponents with aggressive pressing.

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"When we entered the closing stages of the game, we had faith and belief in ourselves even though they are one of the best teams in the world". At 1-0 you're close to an accident.

"This league tells you that anything is possible and the best teams don't always win, the teams that plays the best for the 90 minutes wins", he said. Today we created enough to win, but we couldn't.

Argentina skipper Lionel Messi has reportedly advised his club FC Barcelona to make a move for Spanish youngster Oscar Rodriguez, who now plays for another La Liga side Leganes on loan from Catalan's arch-rivals Real Madrid, reports Spanish outlet, Don Balon.

Lionel Messi appeared as a second-half substitute and struck the post as well as going close with a free-kick.

Striker Luis Suarez also said Barca, whose tie with Athletic followed a midweek defeat to Leganes and a draw with Girona, should be able to cope without Messi.

"We did not start well and I was disappointed for my own par in their goal but we did well to take advantage of them switching off".

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