Messi and co ‘angry’ after Barcelona slip up again

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Since Andres Iniesta left Barcelona at the end of last season, the Catalan club have been looking for options to fill in the Spaniard big boots and Lionel Messi has asked the club to sign this Real Madrid star.

"He has four games in 10 days and I think it's good for Leo to rest, like [Sergio] Busquets, thinking of the Champions League".

The Argentine started the game from the bench and was introduced in the second half as the hosts chased an equalier.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Spanish League champions Barcelona were handed their first defeat of the season after losing 2-1 to Leganes away from home.

Despite taking the lead, goals from Nabil El Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez secured a shock win for Leganes, handing the title favourites their first loss of the season.

Lionel Messi couldn't add to his 595 goals in his 700th appearance with Barcelona, including 55 non-official games. "You have a game under control and then the opposition can do damage like they did in one minute", Valverde said.

"The other players here are here on our own merits and we can't depend on him or Busquets, we should have been winning when they came on to the pitch". At 1-0 you're close to an accident.

AC Milan loanee Silva pounced four minutes later after poor goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, netting for the sixth time this season and moving above Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Spain, although Gareth Bale nearly pulled one back for Real when his shot struck the post.

Striker Luis Suarez also said Barca, whose tie with Athletic followed a midweek defeat to Leganes and a draw with Girona, should be able to cope without Messi.

Sergi Roberto was presented with a late chance to rescue a point for the Catalan giants from route-one football, but the right-back fizzed his first-time shot over the bar from 16 yards out the right.

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