Time for Barcelona to show they can cope without Messi
The moment we’ve all been fearing was realised at the Camp Nou, as Messi went down clearly in pain and we all held our breath and hoped for the best.
Barcelona confirmed after the match he’ll be missing for three weeks, and the injury comes at a bad time with Inter and Madrid up next.
So, time for Barcelona to show they can cope without the GOAT. Ousmane Dembele replaced him against Sevilla but put in a frustrating performance, as he frequently conceded possession.
The onus will be on the Frenchman now to show his worth and inspire the attack with Messi out, starting on Wednesday against Inter.
Ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world right now
Barcelona’s defence was tested once again on Saturday and conceded twice, but make no mistake without Ter Stegen in goal they would have conceded more.
Twice the German produced a brilliant double save, and twice Sevilla were denied. First he foiled Andre Silva and Franco Vazquez, and then late on it was Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder’s turn to be denied by the Barca No.1.
Nelson Semedo summed up what we were all thinking after the match: “Ter Stegen is a great keeper. We are so lucky to have him playing for us.”
It’s not the first time this season that Ter Stegen has saved Barcelona and it won’t be the last. On this form there’s simply no one better in the world.
Luis Suarez isn’t finished yet
Luis Suarez has had plenty of criticism this season already, but he put in a vintage display against Sevilla that showed the 31-year-old is far from finished.
The striker showed no signs of the knee injury that he’s been treated for over the international break, set up Messi for his goal and won the penalty from which he scored Barcelona’s third.
Ernesto Valverde made it pretty clear what he thought about the Uruguayan after the match.
“We know that Luis Suarez always works very hard, that’s obvious to me. In the past I’ve coached in many matches against Barcelona and any time a manager left out Luis Suarez I felt like giving him a huge hug as that would be one less than for me to worry about!”
He caused the Sevilla defence problems all night and with Messi out injured the club need him to maintain this form over the weeks ahead.