Barcelona can't rely on Messi to solve everything, admits Suarez

Barcelona can't rely on Messi to solve everything, admits Suarez

On Wednesday against Tottenham, coach Ernesto Valverde will not be helped by the absence of two first team defenders.

The result was enough to keep Barcelona in the lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid went 0-0 in the derby.

"We thought that this was the moment to rest Messi", said the manager's number two Jon Aspiazu.

Despite drawing at home to Girona and losing at minnows Leganes after starting without key first-teamers such as Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti, Barca coach Valverde made the eye-catching decision to field a team without midfield anchor Busquets and all-time top scorer Messi.

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

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

"When I make the decision, I think about what's best for my team and for my club", Valverde told a news conference. "Sergi Roberto got injured today, imagine if Messi had".

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The defending champions got off to the ideal start as Lionel Messi picked out Philippe Coutinho, who volleyed into the back of the net from 25-yards out.

Visitors Athletic led through Oscar de Marcos' first-time finish at the back post from Markel Susaeta's cross.

They had 21 shots, but it was quantity over quality, with Bale their only impressive attacking player - although he squandered several good chances to score.

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.

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

"We can not depend on Messi solving everything", Suarez said.

"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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