Messi benched as Bilbao hold Barcelona

Messi benched as Bilbao hold Barcelona

Messi benched as Bilbao hold Barcelona

Luis Suarez said after the 1-1 draw: 'Messi is the best in the world but we can not depend on him coming on to provide a solution.

Ivan Cuellar goalkeeper of La Liga side Leagnes has branded Barcelona "ugly" following the reaction of their players to Wednesday night's game.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde reacted to his side's shock 2-1 midweek defeat at Leganes by resting both Sergio Busquets and star man Messi, with one eye on their upcoming match with Tottenham.

"There are a lot of us here on our own merits, for having shown a lot at other clubs, and it doesn't depend only on Leo coming on".

"It's my absolute responsibility, we have four games in ten days and I thought that Leo and Busquets had to rest knowing that we have a very hard match on Wednesday".

"The manager wouldn't want us to be going out there scared of him, and as long as we all do our job properly it's a game we feel we can go out there and win".

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"If we won 2-1 the question wouldn't even exist. It's absolutely my responsibility".

Leganes' victor came thanks to a blunder by veteran central defender, Gerard Pique, who misplayed a shot while trying to clear the ball from inside the area.

In the end, Leganes hung on to claim three points and handed Barca their first defeat of the season. The German shot stopper has cemented himself as a first choice goalie but is not justifying that tag this season, more so after recent displays. We're angry about recent results because they weren't what we expected.

Under what appeared to be very little pressure, Pique's skewed clearance fell straight at the feet of Arnais, giving Leganes a second goal in a minute and turning the match on it's head.

"We have to improve". We're coming from a season when it was hard to score against us and now it's taking very little for [the opposition] to score.

"I probably will not see the replays of the saves I made because the most important thing was the work that the team did".

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