Life is beautiful with Messi, even if it only lasted a quarter of an hour, the time it took 10 to shoot down Sevilla and boost Barça to LaLiga's lead. Lacking the rosarino, however, football becomes a sinvivir, especially if it remains in the infirmary, without knowing what happens to it, for more stops of Ter Stegen and Luis Suarez goals than there is in the Camp Nou. It is not easy to repair in the field with Messi in the hands of the doctors in the Sports City. Neither do we know what will happen to Barça now that it is already known that Rosario will be out for three weeks and will not play against Madrid.
Messi was the absolute protagonist of Barça-Sevilla. Rosario warned that the day invited an unmistakable declaration of intent by Barça after the defeat of Madrid, the tie of Atletico and the visit of the leading team of Machin. And the response of the Argentine was categorical and explosive as an assistant and also as a scorer, undetectable for a quarter of an hour, hammer pylon of Sevilla, 32 goals in 35 games, the last scored last night at the Camp Nou.
Messi enabled Coutinho, infallible in the shot as soon as he touched the ball, and shortly after he adjusted an unstoppable shot to Vaclik's right post. And, in the middle, Arana finished off the post after a good transition from Benega. The party was very entertained by the offensive fluency of the azulgrana and the high pressure of Sevilla. Messi was licked by the space granted and the availability of Luis Suárez, today more of a team player than a finisher, while the boys of Machín squeezed.
The happiness of Messi is as contagious as his pain, a mirror of Barça, even though the database refers to each game Busquets: if the center half loses the ball it is a sign that the team is badly placed and if it ensures the pass it means that Barcelona works. Busquets did not paint much in the meeting for the coming and going raised by Sevilla, without control or possession of the ball, and on the contrary enjoyed Messi. Until he got hurt at a crossroad with Mudo Vázquez.
The 10 does not pretend but expresses like no footballer his humor without noticing the scoreboard or the field, shot down at the Camp Nou. Messi did not get up, he did not really know what he was complaining about, nobody had noticed the play, until it was seen that he was suffering from his elbow, attended by Dr. Daniel Florit. The news came gradually: from dizziness, he went to the arm bandage and ten minutes later to his replacement by Dembélé. It was necessary to continue the game without Messi, without knowing about his illness, if he would reach the classic or he would lose up to ten matches, prisoner of fear and memory of the injury of a month and a half of Puyol.
Football is not the same at the Camp Nou without Messi. He had not even prepared safely for Sevilla to play without the 10. It took him a long time to focus on Ter Stegen. Less affected seemed Barcelona, led by Luis Suárez and Ter Stegen while the fans were still pending Messi. The azulgrana rode on the counter and had up to three shots before a sold Vaclick. They had no aim and the break was reached with the game open and without knowing Messi.
Sale Sergi Roberto
Out Ousmane Dembélé
Sale Roque Mesa
Sale Luis Muriel
Nothing changed or nobody moved while examining Messi's elbow. The game changed after a arreón of Seville that ended with a double master stop Ter Stegen and a few hands of Jordi Alba Navas center. The referee did not see a penalty in the action of the azulgrana and whistled the maximum fault when Luis Suárez was overwhelmed by Vaclik. He did not forgive the Uruguayan and sentenced the ambitious and careless Sevilla. The Andalusians had been lost in both areas, victims of the Barça punch.
A surprising ending
Arthur and the midfielders went practically unnoticed because the Barça players accepted the game of Sevilla. There was also no news as usual Coutinho and pondered the irrelevant Dembélé. The Brazilian lives exclusively from his beautiful and decisive goals, sheltered in his field room, too much spectator and little protagonist, even in the absence of Messsi, and had no sense of team or party Dembélé.
Neither Barça know how to rest with the ball and prefer to run and exchange blows, even when the opponent is dangerous as Sevilla, who had added the last 12 points, nothing to do with Barça, caught in a negative streak – four matches without winning -After 2-2 with Girona.
They did not appear André Siva neither Ben Yedder and Piqué settled. Sevilla only managed to score after a shot by Sarabia gave in Lenglet. The goal provoked a carousel of arrivals and a surprise finish by the goals of Rakitic and Muriel. None had an impact on a match marked by the before and after Messi. Nothing was yet known about the rosarino when the clash with the leading club on the eve of receiving Madrid was over. Nothing seemed to matter more than the elbow of 10. The uncertainty lasted a while: it will be three weeks absent or that the Sunday classic will be played without Cristiano or without Messi.