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

Embarrassing error dumps Barcelona to shock defeat

Embarrassing error dumps Barcelona to shock defeat

Tottenham Hotspur received a potential lift ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona after the Catalans' plan to rest Lionel Messi against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday backfired.

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. And after Philippe Coutinho hit the bar on 60 minutes, Messi's free kick was headed off the line as Bilbao battled bravely to keep their lead in tact.

"We can not depend on Messi solving everything", Suarez said.

"Both Lionel and [Sergio] Busquets gave us a lot, but we do not only depend on them".

"Many of us are here because of what we did in other teams".

"I have to judge the games we have coming up and we have four games in the space of 10 days, I have to think about what might happen and I thought Leo and Busquets had to rest, knowing that we have a very tough game on Wednesday and we have a large squad", Valverde said.

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.

Surprisingly, Leganes stunned the champions 2-1 in a midweek La Liga match despite Phillipe Coutinho giving the visitors the lead.

It's the first time in two years Barcelona hasn't won in three consecutive league matches.

Leganes had never earned a point against Barcelona in its three seasons in the first division. "They scored the only time they got a shot on goal". We're angry about recent results because they weren't what we expected.

Far from their best in terms of quality of football, in the fluidity of their offensive play, the capacity to create chances and above all, in defensive solidity. 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.

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