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Valverde: It’s impossible not to depend on Messi

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Ernesto Valverde has hailed Lionel Messi and said that it’s impossible to not rely on him

Barcelona sinked Celta Vigo with a 4-1 defeat at the Camp Nou. Once again, Messi put on a brilliant show to reclaim the top spot in La Liga for Valverde’s men.

‘Messi Messi Messi!’ the Barcelona fans chanted as the Argentine scored his 52nd hat-trick. The number-10 was on fire as he scored all his goals from set-pieces. Despite missing the initial La Liga games due to injury, Messi is both the 2nd best scorer and assist provider.

“With Messi anything is possible and I would be lying if I told you that when he takes a free-kick I don’t expect it to be a goal,” said Valverde.

“With him the chances are much higher and when I saw the position of the two free-kicks, I did think they would be goals. It’s something that he’s mastered perfectly and we know that the opponents always try not to commit fouls in front of the box. That’s something we take advantage of.”

“It’s impossible not to depend on Messi. He’s got a decisive influence in our attack and we don’t have to give that up, because it’s an advantage that we have and opponents fear. If he played for another team they’d rely on him too, because he dominates everything.

Apart from scoring the goals he is deeply involved in the play. And when he sees that it’s not flowing he takes the responsibility for coming deeper and unblocking the game. That’s something he interprets perfectly.”

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