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

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

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

Real Madrid face a tricky match away at Sevilla later on Wednesday.

La Liga champions Barcelona's domestic struggles continued as they dropped points for the third game in a row, drawing 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday after Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets had begun the match on the substitutes' bench.

Athletic opened the scoring in the 41st after Oscar De Marcos got behind Barcelona defenders to complete a cross by Markel Susaeta. We have to be more solid.

Cuellar added that after conceding a goal, he was delighted to have made a string of saves that allowed Leganes to hold on for a famous victory.

"We have the squad and the players to be a great team, to be a strong team and not depend on anyone", Messi told BeIn Sports when asked if Barca were too reliant on him.

"He is the best in the world but we can't rely on Leo to always sort everything out for us", Suarez said.

Messi also stated, "You are threatening me, you are threatening me".

"Of course we need the points", Valverde said, adding, "any team needs the points but for us even more so, because every team Barcelona loses, there is an natural disaster".

Surprisingly, Leganes stunned the champions 2-1 in a midweek La Liga match despite Phillipe Coutinho giving the visitors the lead. I took that risk and haven't won.

Nabil El Zhar scored the equaliser for the hosts with a fantastic header before Real Madrid's loaned player to Leganes, Oscar Rodriguez got the victor. We're angry about recent results because they weren't what we expected.

Leganes had to wait until the 30th minute for their first opening as Youssef En-Neysri broke into the box and picked out Rubén Pérez, who fired straight at goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Far from their best in terms of quality of football, in the fluidity of their offensive play, the capacity to create chances and above all, in defensive solidity.

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