Ernesto Valverde: 'I was right to rest Lionel Messi'

Barcelona

Barcelona

Leaders Barcelona and European champions Real Madrid both suffered shock La Liga losses on Wednesday, with bottom club Leganes and a rampant Sevilla playing starring roles.

Rodriguez scored when Barcelona defender Gerard Pique cleared the ball right into his path at the top of the penalty area.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) conreols the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid on September 26, 2018.

Lionel Messi was given a rest and Ernesto Valverde's side simply could not cope without the magnificent Argentine. "We have the strength in depth so we want to make the most of it".

'We can't be conceding goals in every game. "You have a game under control and then the opposition can do damage like they (Leganes) did in one minute", Valverde said.




And one Barca fan took matters into his own hands after Saturday's draw, making a compilation video of Rakitic's performance against Bilbao. At 1-0 you're close to an accident.

Ivan Cuellar goalkeeper of La Liga side Leagnes has branded Barcelona "ugly" following the reaction of their players to Wednesday night's game. Today we created enough to win, but we couldn't. But second half goals from Nabil El Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez Arnais, who capitalised on Pique's mistake have given Los Peperinos a surprise lead.

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.

They had 21 shots, but it was quantity over quality, with Bale their only impressive attacking player - although he squandered several good chances to score.

Barca struggled to get into the contest in the second half as mistakes continued to creep into their game, although they went close to equalising 10 minutes from time.

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