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Ernesto Valverde talks Messidependence after Villarreal draw

The captain came off the bench to inspire the comeback

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde talked about Messidependence after Tuesday’s crazy 4-4 draw against Villarreal.

Lionel Messi had been left out of the starting XI but was needed in the second half as Villarreal came from 2-0 down to take the lead.

The captain’s introduction was key as he scored a free-kick to help his side grab a late draw, and Valverde spoke about his importance after the game.

“Of course there is ‘Messidependence’,” he said.

“It would exist in any team in the world, but when he is not there we also have to play and try to win.

“Leo is fundamental for us and marks the style, it is well known that he is the best in the world for something.”

Valverde has also tried to rest Messi against Athletic Bilbao and Leganes in La Liga this season, and both times he’s had to bring him off the bench to help turn the game around.

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