Messi’ Barca return, Valverde Praises Talisman


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Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has insisted his talisman ,Lionel Messi “done enough” in his return as the La Liga Champions were held to a goalless draw by Dortmund in the Champions League.

Messi made his first appearance of the season after recovering from a calf injury in Barca’s goalless draw away to Dortmund in their Group F opener on Tuesday.

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The Barca talisman had been sidelined up until his second-half introduction against Dortmund, though Messi was a peripheral figure for the visitors.

“He’s like any player who hasn’t had a pre-season,” Valverde said.

“He’s had to play in a game at an incredible pace, which had already started, all without preparation.

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“It’s his first 30 minutes. He’s done enough. It was also the first full game for Luis Suarez.”

Barca had goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for securing a point after the German star saved Marco Reus’ second-half penalty.

Ter Stegen thwarted Dortmund on more than one occasion in the second 45 minutes and Valverde hailed the Germany international.

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“In LaLiga [Santander] we were saying that opponents score against us,” Valverde added. “But tonight, he was very good. We have a great goalkeeper and we benefit from that.”

On denying Reus from the penalty spot, Ter Stegen said: It’s hard to study, Reus always changes. It was a feeling I had [going to his left] and I’m glad that I could save it.

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  1. Messi is back for real but he didn’t perform in that match. I guess second leg Wil be bloody for Dortmund because they had the greater chances of wining that game


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