And suddenly Camp Nou was silenced. It was not when Gameiro opened the scoring, nor when Parejo, from a penalty kick, sealed the 0-2 from the 11 meters. The fans of Barcelona were silent when Messi stretched on the side of the field, attended by the medical services of the club, which massaged the thigh of his right leg, after a clash with Lato. That silence is not new. An inevitable anguish every time the 10 hurts. Messi returned to the field. Nothing was the same anymore. In any case, he had already done his job: two goals to rescue Barcelona. He already has 21 networks and 10 assists in LaLiga.
After a week of pure celebration -remonded against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey (6-1) and presentation of the last Cirque du Soleil show based on his life-, Messi started off against Valencia. But it appeared with a double (the 115th that marks in LaLiga) to rescue Barcelona. He looked for the comeback, but it was not fine anymore. "I do not blame Messi's situation that we could not win the game," said Ernesto Valverde. And right away he commented on the state of form of 10. "He's fine. I do not know what you have, I would like to be clear, but I do not know … You have a small annoyance, we do not know the scope. We will see tomorrow, that more tests will be done, "added the Barcelona coach. "I think it's nothing serious," said Aleñá. The reflection of the canterano seemed more an expression of desire. "Please, do not let anything happen! He has been able to continue the whole game ", completed Aleñá. "It's a shame I was touched. He is the most important player, let's hope he never stops ", added Rakitic.
"If Leo had asked me for the change, he would have done it. He is our most important player and I do not have the habit of changing him if he does not ask me, "said Valverde. Although the 10 ended the duel, his situation does not seem very encouraging. As it progressed Catalunya Ràdio, Messi has a contracture in the thigh of the right leg and is doubtful for the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid, which will be played next Wednesday at the Camp Nou. "If Leo is fine, he will play," said the Barça coach. Barcelona, in any case, won the white team without Messi the last classic (5-1); I had an injury to my right elbow. In any case, they were different times in Chamartín. Then, Julen Lopetegui commanded on the bench of Madrid.
"All the matches are different. We will see, in that match the players who had available were others, "said Barca coach. Messi was not the only Barcelona player who left with discomfort from the Camp Nou. "Some players ended up touched, hopefully Leo and Gerard [Piqué] it is nothing. There are interesting matches, "explained Rakitic. The azulgrana dressing room left worried about the situation of Messi, enrabietado by the tie before the Valencia. "We fell short because we wanted to turn it around. The first half hour was not the best, but later we were superior. Sometimes, we seem to play handball around the opponent's area, "analyzed Rakitic.
The disappointment of Valencia
"Playing like today we will win many matches," said Marcelino. "Whenever you're winning 0-2 and you end up drawing, you're a little disappointed. But we do not deserve it ", completed the che set up. An analysis that Valverde did not agree with. "It was a strange first part because they started very well, but then we dominated the match," said Txingurri. "They made the goals when we were better. We were not struggling. We thought that we would achieve the comeback, especially because we were locking them in the area. In the 2-2 they closed very close to the area and we had to be very accurate. It was difficult. We fought, but in the end it could not be ", concluded the Barcelona coach.
The club has Madrid in sight and begs for Messi.