Absent Messi, in the press room of Barcelona begins to talk about the Messidependence. However, neither to the dressing room nor to Ernesto Valverde generates any resquemor to recognize how much the Barça captain will be missed. "It does not give me hives to talk about Messidependence. It is evident that Leo marks the game of the team. It seems that when they talk about it, it is done with the intention of hurting you more than anything else. We depend on him as other players, what happens is that Messi is the best we've seen. We will not have his genius, but we will seek to be effective, "said Ernesto Valverde. "Substituting or replacing Leo can not be done by any player, however good it may be. Messi makes everyone play. Everyone expects Leo to solve the game, now we are going to have to pull all of the car. I trust that the team is more united than ever, "added Jordi Alba.
Since the 2005-2006 season, Messi has lost 151 games, with a balance for Barça of 98 wins, 28 draws and 25 defeats. "If we are conditioned by Leo's withdrawal?" Valverde questioned. "No, what's up!", He ironized, from the start. And he completed: "Of course it conditions us, but at the same time it is a challenge for us. We have important matches. There is a lot of enthusiasm to face it, it's an interesting week ". The Txingurri, in any case, did not want to give any clue about the possible replacement of Leo. "Everybody is speculating, I suppose the opposing coach also, I'm not going to throw a cable."
Inter arrive on the Camp Nou, after adding seven consecutive wins – the last in the derby against Milan – and to reap two victories in the Champions League, leader of the group with Barcelona. "Inter is a very difficult opponent, who is doing things very well," analyzed Alba. "We expect an opponent that is in the best moment of the season, never gives up. It is a team with good spirit, which is installed in the opposite field. Very offensive For me it's a decisive match, we have to make the field factor worthwhile, "said Valverde. A key week for Barcelona, who after going down to Sevilla from the top of the table in LaLiga, on Sunday receives Real Madrid.
Neither Valverde nor Jordi Alba dribbled questions about Julen Lopetegui, who can be dismissed from Madrid. "We are in the world of football and everything is a spectacle. In these clubs there is a lot of talk and everything has a higher volume than normal, "said the Barca coach. "I hope he can keep his job even though I do not like the club he is in. He is a great professional, I wish him the best ", concluded Alba, who coincided with Lopetegui in the Spanish national team.