Barca boss Ernesto Valverde might have an unhealthy dependency on star player Lionel Messi.
He states that Messi is there for the club whenever the team needs him – almost like a saviour or hero.
“Having [Messi] is a huge advantage,” Valverde said after the game.
“Leo appears at any moment and scores a goal from anywhere.”
Barca won against the Basque side, ending 2019 with a win and Valverde spoke after the match.
“The first half was great on our part, [but in] the beginning of the second [we didn’t have much] momentum and that’s where the [Alaves] goal came,” Valverde continued.
“We finally took a breath with the third goal.
“We’ve also come from a very intense match on Wednesday and when you make it 2-0, it seems to be an important gap, but I don’t think so.
“I blame it on the merit of the opponents.
“In this game we were especially interested in not having any fright, [as we were] aware that Alaves could hurt us.
“We are leaving with a good feeling, because we know [the league] is long.
“We are on a good way for when the games where you play for things arrive.”
The question here is – what will the club do when Messi isn’t available any longer? Something to think about.