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Lionel Messi says Barcelona have to improve defensively after Athletic draw

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The captain says they have the players to be a ‘great team’

FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi offered his thoughts after Saturday’s disappointing draw with Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde’s side dropped points for the third game in a row and have now gone five La Liga games without keeping a clean sheet.

The captain knows they have a problem defensively and called on his side to tighten up at the back.

“We’re aware we have to be stronger in defence. We’re coming from a season when it was difficult to score against us and now it’s taking very little for [the opposition] to score. We have to improve and get stronger in defence, that’s the most important thing.”

”We have the squad and the players to be a great team, to be a strong team and to not depend on anyone.his is Barca. We have enough players to not depend on one. These results have been a shame, but we have to stay calm because it’s a long season.

“The results are a shame but the season’s just getting stared. We have to keep on going, looking forward, thinking about Wednesday, when we have another tough game in a difficult Champions League group. We have to improve in a lot of things, but we can stay calm because thing are just beginning.”

Source | Sport

Barcelona now have two tricky fixtures to negotiate before the international break where maybe they can take stock after what’s been a difficult few weeks.

First up is Tottenham in the Champions League, and then on Sunday they head to Mestalla to take on Valencia.