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Are Barcelona in the same boat as Argentina with Lionel Messi?

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Both teams struggle in the absence of the GOAT

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There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding Barcelona’s upcoming fixture against Sevilla as a number of stars are currently nursing injuries or knocks received during the international break.

One name that bothers me more than others on the list is Lionel Messi.

Every Barcelona fan is currently making line-ups in their head hoping to find the perfect combination that will beat Sevilla.

Argentina had an incredible defeat at the hands of Spain, which wouldn’t have happened with Messi in the line-up.

Barcelona are also in that same boat. I cannot remember the last time we defeated a big team this season without his help and the fact that he could be unavailable against Sevilla is a difficult situation to be in.

With the business end of the season kicking into gear, it is important for Messi to be fit and firing which likely means that Valverde will not make the mistake of risking his best player.

Can Barcelona cope without the Argentine? We all saw what happened to the Albiceleste without Messi and it’s not unimaginable that Barcelona will have to go through the same fate.

Hopefully, that’s not the case.