Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde on loss to Leganes - 'These things can happen'

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First, Barca were ripped open on the break as Thomas Vermaelen failed to stop El Zhar heading in at the back post.

The team selection was an indicator that the squad were placing all of their eggs in the Champions League basket and were resting arguably the two most important players in the squad in preparation for Wednesday's trip to London to play Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs at Wembley.

Despite drawing at home to Girona and losing at minnows Leganes after starting without key first-teamers such as Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti, Barca coach Valverde made the eye-catching decision to field a team without midfield anchor Busquets and all-time top scorer Messi.

"This is Barca. We have enough players, we don't need to depend on one".

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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. "These results have been a shame, but we have to stay calm because it's a long season".

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

Indeed, such had been Barca's dominance of the Spanish top flight of late that Messi had not suffered a league defeat in a year and a half.

Valverde tried to rest Messi and Sergio Busquets on Saturday but he had to bring them both on to help salvage a point.

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Santiago Jaime Latre allegedly said "I do the best I can" as Messi was venting his frustration in his face.

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. We have to be winning before they come on'.

Ernesto Valverde was at a loss to explain Barcelona's shock defeat to Leganes on Wednesday as their unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at Butarque. We're coming from a season when it was hard to score against us and now it's taking very little for [the opposition] to score.

"But there are things that I think we can improve, above all, our offensive balance".

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"Against Leganes we played well in the first half and lost, and today we created chances to win but couldn't".

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