Leganes vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

A crest fallen Gerard Pique gifts Leganes the lead

Visitors Athletic led through Oscar de Marcos' first-time finish at the back post from Markel Susaeta's cross.

The debate about Barca's dependence on Messi is not a new one, but it resurfaced on Saturday when the Argentine came off the bench to help them salvage a point at Camp Nou as their winless run extended to three games.

"I always do that before playing games, I can't do it afterwards or rewind".

"It's my absolute responsibility, we have four games in 10 days [actually 11] and I thought that Leo and Busquets had to rest knowing that we have a very hard match on Wednesday".

"I know it was the right decision".

Rodriguez will be hoping to deliver fine performances for Leganes and impress Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona even more.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde reacted to his side's shock 2-1 midweek defeat at Leganes by resting both Sergio Busquets and star man Messi, with one eye on their upcoming match with Tottenham.

Speaking after the game, Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar accused the Barcelona players of "ugly" behaviour and claimed that they acted like bad losers by not congratulating the victors.

"It is important, because if we win we will take a very important step". "We didn't expect them".

Far from their best in terms of quality of football, in the fluidity of their offensive play, the capacity to create chances and above all, in defensive solidity.

"If this affects us for Wednesday, it will be fine".

Umtiti missed training on Friday ahead of Barca's game at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, with the club confirming his left knee as the problem.

Vermaelen was caught out of position when El Zhar headed in the equaliser and Gerard Pique was caught in possession moments later, allowing Rodriguez to slam the ball into the roof of the net and give Leganes, in their third season in the top flight, an unlikely yet thoroughly deserved win.

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