Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has admitted how much he depends on winger Lionel Messi.
Considered by many as the greatest player ever to play the game, Messi was at his imperious best last night again as he hit a hat-trick to win the game for his team. After defeating Celta De Vigo by 4 goals to 1, Barcelona coach Valverde went on to admit that Messi’s brilliance means that any manager will bank on the left footed star.
Speaking to reporters after the game, head coach Valverde underlined the Argentina international’s importance, telling reporters: “It’s impossible not to depend on Messi. That’s how it works. He lights up everything.
Today we were fluent and he scored three times. It is an advantage that we have, that our opponents fear and that is fine.
“When we win, we all win. Those who play are many, besides Leo.
“Everyone does their job.”
Valverde admitted the defeat at Levante created an unsettled atmosphere at Camp Nou, saying: “When you do not win, there is uncertainty surrounding your environment.
“It’s good that it happens because you have to react. Because when you are used to a regular feeling, it forces you to improve.”
Messi’s hat-trick pushed Barcelona to another win in the Spanish League and it now means that Barcelona are on top of the table, going into the international break.