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Ernesto Valverde ‘had no idea’ what Lionel Messi was going to do with free-kick

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The captain opened the scoring in style against Espanyol

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admitted he had no idea what Lionel Messi was going to do with the free-kick he scored against Espanyol.

Messi pulled off another bit of magic with a chipped effort over goalkeeper Diego Lopez to put Barcelona ahead and surprise his manager.

“I had no idea what he was going to do,” he said. “I’d love to say it’s something we plan but it’s not like that, he did not pay attention to me and scored a goal.

”I suppose the goal will be awarded to Messi. It is not easy to beat the wall being so close to the goal.

“Some rivals put a player on the ground; others put a player on the goal line. For now, we are doing well like that.”

Source | Goal

Messi went on to score Barcelona’s second late on to secure the win with his 41st goal of the season so far in all competitions.