Barcelona certainly will play without Lionel Messi in the next three weeks, following a hand injury suffered by the Argentine star in a match against Sevilla last weekend. Of course, Messi’s absence is not a good thing for the Spanish La Liga giants, considering there are a lot of tough matches that Barcelona will play after previous match against Sevilla. But what’s interesting is, how does Barcelona play without Messi’s presence? Valverde also spoke up.
Lionel Messi is still a mainstay of Barcelona this season, with the Argentine star who is appointed as the main captain after the departure of Andres Iniesta who left the Camp Nou in the transfer market last summer. At the beginning of this season, Messi’s appearance was very good, he managed to pack no less than 11 goals from 11 matches for Barcelona in all competitions. Unfortunately, this number must be stopped following the hand injury suffered by this Argentine star.
Yes, Messi suffered a hand injury when he just played 14 minutes in the match against Sevilla last weekend. Two minutes later after bringing Barcelona 2-0 up, Messi made a wrong landing when he fell to the ground. After medical tests, this 31-year-old player was confirmed to have suffered an injury and missed three weeks.
Now, Barcelona who is under Valverde direction must play without Lionel Messi, and what kind of tactics are the manager prepared without La Pulga’s presence?
“We have to find a way to play without Messi. Obviously we will miss him, but hopefully we still keep winning. The media is not the only party to find out how we play without Messi, the opponent coach also does the same thing and don’t expect me to give a leak.”
“We cannot put all the burden on Messi, he is indeed a special player but I think all players must be able to answer the challenge. Messi the best player, but what do you want me to say? We depend on Messi as well as other players. But it must be admitted, Messi is the best. The medical team explained that Messi was absent around three men and sometimes the other party said that he would return sooner. I certainly want to justify that but not so, ” said Valverde.
Three weeks of absence, it means Messi missed the match against Inter in midweek, and El Clasico against Real Madrid. If he can fully recovered on time, means he can only play in next month’s match against Atletico Madrid.