Barcelona coach Valverde confident Messi injury not serious

04 February, 2019, 14:55 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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However, the dropped points leaves the door open for Atletico Madrid to close the gap on the La Liga leaders, who they trail by six ahead of their match with Real Betis on Sunday.

Valverde now faces a tough decision with Barca's Copa del Rey semi-final clash with Real Madrid fast approaching on Wednesday.

The Argentina global scored twice, once from the penalty spot, as the hosts came from 2-0 down to earn a point and extend their lead at the top of La Liga to six points.Kevin Gameiro put Valencia ahead and Dani Parejo added a second goal by converting a penalty.

The reverse fixture in the Mestalla earlier this season ended up in a 1-1 draw but the hosts will be expecting a better performance this season, especially with Valencia having lost in each of their last two visits to the Camp Nou. I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know, ' said Valverde.

The World Cup victor will train with the group after the weekend, when the medical staff will re-evaluate his physical condition.

Marcelino's side's strategy of intense pressing and rapid counter-attacks paid off with their two goals while their organisation and discipline prevented Barca from hitting top gear, even through Sergi Roberto nearly equalised before the interval when his shot hit the post.


Sergi Roberto hit the post and Messi nearly equalised with a superb volley on the run as Barcelona began to dominate.

Valencia took advantage of Sergi Roberto playing out of position as a fill-in left back for Jordi Alba.

The match was end-to-end in the first 10 minutes and Valencia had another opportunity when Daniel Wass provided a smart pass for Parejo inside the Barcelona box, but the Spaniard's effort was too high.

He scored from the penalty spot just before half-time and added his second after the break with a brilliant finish from 20 yards as Barca's eight-game winning streak in La Liga came to an end.

"We played at a good pace, counterattacked well, scored twice and could have scored more", Parejo said.

Fourth-placed Sevilla have won only one of their past six league games.

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