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Ernesto Valverde says ‘anything is possible’ with Lionel Messi

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The Barcelona captain’s hat-trick relieved pressure on his manager

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says ‘anything is possible’ for his club with Lionel Messi on the pitch.

Messi bagged a hat-trick against Celta Vigo on Saturday to return the champions to winning ways and send them back to the top of the table.

Valverde has come under pressure after some poor performances this season but is well aware his team may still end up having a successful season because of their captain.

“With Leo, anything is possible,” he said. ”[Taking freekicks] is something that he’s mastered to perfection.

”Because of this, the opponent can’t commit fouls on the edge of their own box. If they do, we try to take advantage. Messi, apart from scoring goals, has a commitment to the game.”

Source | Marca

La Liga now pauses for the final international break of 2019, and Messi will join up with the Argentina squad. La Albiceleste face Brazil in Saudi Arabia on 15 November and Uruguay in Israel on 18 November.