Barcelona player ratings vs Leganes: Messi and Co. shocked by the hosts

Barcelona player ratings vs Leganes: Messi and Co. shocked by the hosts

Barcelona player ratings vs Leganes: Messi and Co. shocked by the hosts

Athletic had three good chances in the space of three minutes, luckily all three were not taken, but eventually broke the deadlock on the 41st minute thanks to a well taken strike from right-back Óscar de Marcos.

But two quick goals from Nabil El Zha abd Oscar in the 52nd and 53rd minutes of the encounter to stun the defending champions on Wednesday night.

Lionel Messi appeared as a second-half substitute and struck the post as well as going close with a free-kick.

"When we entered the closing stages of the game, we had faith and belief in ourselves even though they are one of the best teams in the world".

"Of course we need the points", Valverde said, adding, "any team needs the points but for us even more so, because every team Barcelona loses, there is an natural disaster".

"It's true that we are Leganés and we are a humble team", he said.

Cuellar added that after conceding a goal, he was delighted to have made a string of saves that allowed Leganes to hold on for a famous victory.


Philippe Coutinho gave champions Barcelona the lead in the 12th minute with a classy volley and Lionel Messi smacked a shot against the bar as Barca, resting Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez, made a strong start against Leganes, who began the game bottom of the table.

Luis Suarez said after the 1-1 draw: 'Messi is the best in the world but we can not depend on him coming on to provide a solution.

Barcelona finished the first half of last season having conceded only nine goals, but there have already been seven which have gone past them this season.

"I looked at the games we had, I thought what could happen and I thought that Messi and [Sergio] Busquets needed to rest, knowing that Wednesday is a big game and we have a big squad", Valverde said in a postgame news conference.

"We didn't expect the recent results but in this game, we created situations to win and we couldn't manage to do it".

'Last season we were hard to score against and now teams score against us from the slightest chance.

"I don't think that it's true", the German goalkeeper said when asked about Cuellar's assertion that the Barca players don't know how to lose.

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