Tottenham upset possible as Barcelona continue to make a Messi of it

Oct 01, 2018, 00:50
Tottenham upset possible as Barcelona continue to make a Messi of it

It rescued a point for Valverde but the 1-1 draw meant it was the first time Barcelona had not won in three matches since his appointment.

Valverde tried to rest Messi and Sergio Busquets on Saturday but he had to bring them both on to help salvage a point.

Real Madrid were thrashed by Sevilla as they and Barcelona lost a La Liga game on the same day for the first time since 4 January 2015.

Brazil midfielder Phillipe Coutinho also struck a shot onto the crossbar and Luis Suarez was unable to convert the follow-up.

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Lionel Messi has admitted Barcelona have defensive problems just days before they face Tottenham at Wembley. I know it's a risky decision [leaving Messi out].

Busquets replaced the injured Sergi Roberto early in the second half.

Most worrying is the fact they have conceded eight goals already but, while admitting there are areas to improve, Messi said there is no need to panic at this stage of the campaign.

After Philippe Coutinho gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the first half, Leganés returned from the break to score two goals in two minutes.

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AC Milan loanee Silva pounced four minutes later after poor goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, netting for the sixth time this season and moving above Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Spain, although Gareth Bale nearly pulled one back for Real when his shot struck the post.

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.

Barca striker Suarez was critical of his side's performance and their continued dependence on Messi.

"We have the squad and the players to be a great team and not depend on anyone, like it always used to be at Barca", Messi added.

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"We have the best player in the world but we can't depend on Leo coming on to sort things out", the Uruguayan said to reporters.

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