Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao

Kristopher Nichols
October 1, 2018

Lionel Messi said Barcelona have good enough players to not have to depend on him to bail them out every week after helping salvage a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.

Messi was substituted on after 55 minutes and had a hand in Barca's late equaliser after his shot was turned in by Munir El Haddadi, but the hosts men could not find a victor after recovering from Oscar De Marcos's earlier strike.

"When I make the decision, I think about what's best for my team and for my club", Valverde was quoted as saying by FootballEspana.

Asked about Pique's focus, Valverde said, "I see that he is very focused on football".

Busquets replaced the injured Sergi Roberto early in the second half.

There was not a lot of strength of depth on display in the first half as Barcelona fell behind to an Oscar de Marcos goal on 41 minutes.

"It's been a hard week, having won only two points in nine possible", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Messi replaced midfielder Arturo Vidal in the 55th and provided the pass for Munir's 84th-minute equalizer.

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Barcelona on the other hand, will welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Camp Nou in a bid to bounce back to winning ways.

Leganes, however, will draw positives from the match as they will hoping to get out of the bottom three on the La Liga table.

Messi's arrival brought added impetus from the home side and once again he went close, hitting the post 13 minutes from time.

ESPN says at the final whistle, Messi confronted Latre - which led to the Argentine being booked.

Barca striker Suarez was critical of his side's performance and their continued dependence on Messi.

"He is the best in the world but we can't rely on Leo to always sort everything out for us", Suarez said.

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.

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