Ernesto Valverde: Lionel Messi didn't ask for me to take him off

The coach is not ruling out the Argentine striker from playing against Madrid in the cup

Ernesto Valverde, entrenador del Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde, entrenador del Barcelona | Afp

Barcelona drew 2-2 with Valencia on Saturday and Lionel Messi picked up a thigh injury which makes him a doubt for Wednesday's cup Clasico.

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"It was a strange first half," said Valverde. "Valencia started very well, generating a clear chance, but apart from that it was us who dominated the play, creating the feeling that we could score."

On Messi, Valverde said: "I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know. We will wait. I imagine it's nothing, but we'll wait a few hours. If he's fit, he'll play. Leo didn't ask me to sub him off."


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