Ernesto Valverde: 'I was right to rest Lionel Messi'
Oct 01 2018
The Barcelona centre back was left red-faced following his terrible attempt at a clearance gave La Liga strugglers Leganes a 2-1 lead on Wednesday night.
Barcelona are in a real spot of bother right now.
"We thought that this was the moment to rest Messi", said the manager's number two Jon Aspiazu.
The Argentine started the game from the bench and was introduced in the second half as the hosts chased an equalier.
Leganes climbed off the foot of the table as they fought back from an early goal down to beat Barcelona 2-1 at Butarque on Wednesday.
To be precise, Messi last league defeat came against Málaga at the Rosaleda, with the "Blanquiazules" emerging 2-0 winners back on April 8, 2017.
Wissam Ben Yedder volleyed home a third to wrap up the game before half-time - his sixth goal in three games.
Mauricio Pellegrino's troops had finished the half strongly and they came flying out of the blocks after the restart to score twice in the space of a minute.
"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. You have a game under control and then the opposition can do damage like they did in one minute", Valverde said.
"This is Barca. We have enough players, we don't need to depend on one". We didn't create the chances we'd have liked.
In the end, Leganes hung on to claim three points and handed Barca their first defeat of the season.
"I was very pleased with my performance and the saves I made, but the important thing is always the team and I am just glad I could play my part".
Argentina skipper Lionel Messi has reportedly advised his club FC Barcelona to make a move for Spanish youngster Oscar Rodriguez, who now plays for another La Liga side Leganes on loan from Catalan's arch-rivals Real Madrid, reports Spanish outlet, Don Balon. "They scored the only time they got a shot on goal".