Messi warns Barcelona not to depend on him

Messi warns Barcelona not to depend on him

Barcelona were shocked 2-1 by struggling Leganes as coach Ernesto Valverde's decision to rotate his squad backfired, with Barca conceding twice in two second-half minutes.

Barcelona are still top of the league but they have slipped up for three games in a row and are far from their best.

Sergio Busquets after the defeat in the Estadio Butarque was scathing. We had another objective when we started the game.

"We are a humble side. but I like it when people who are used to winning lose, salute the other team and say congratulations, something Barcelona did not do to any of our players", the 34-year-old told Cadena Ser radio. "It's a really negative result".

Barca's standing at the Liga summit is now under threat, with arch-rivals Real Madrid in a position to overtake them if they can emerge victorious in a derby date with Atletico.

Barca have dropped points in three successive LaLiga matches after a 2-2 draw at home to Girona and the midweek 2-1 defeat away to Leganes. Messi was also booked after the final whistle for dissent as the home side's frustration spilled over.

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Most worrying is the fact they have conceded eight goals already but, while admitting there are areas to improve, Messi said there is no need to panic at this stage of the campaign.

Vermaelen was caught out of position when El Zhar headed in the equaliser and Gerard Pique was caught in possession moments later, allowing Rodriguez to slam the ball into the roof of the net and give Leganes, in their third season in the top flight, an unlikely yet thoroughly deserved win.

"Sometimes it's hard to explain what happens in a game. You have a game under control and then the opposition can do damage like they did in one minute", Valverde said.

Athletic's resistance finally caved in when Munir turned in Messis low cross and Ivan Rakitic had a final chance to win it late on for the Catalans, but sent the ball flying over the bar. "That's five points in three days gone and it's hard to explain".

"I was very pleased with my performance and the saves I made, but the important thing is always the team and I am just glad I could play my part".

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