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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) conreols the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid on September 26, 2018.

Messi's arrival changed the game in Barcelona's favour but Ernesto Valverde will rue more points dropped in La Liga as he switches attention to the midweek clash with Tottenham in the Champions League.

Valverde has explained Messi along with Sergio Busquets needed the rest.

"I will say it as it is: sometimes we are pissed and you are not in the mood, you just want to walk in [to the dressing room]".

"When I make the decision, I think about what's best for my team and for my club", he said to reporters after the match.

Under what appeared to be very little pressure, Pique's skewed clearance fell straight at the feet of Arnais, giving Leganes a second goal in a minute and turning the match on it's head. And one of the changes was the introduction of Messi for the faltering Arturo Vidal.

After Philippe Coutinho gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the first half, Leganés returned from the break to score two goals in two minutes.

Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar pulled off a stunning double save to thwart Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic from close range in the closing minutes while Sergi Roberto skied a good opportunity as the unfancied hosts held on to record their first top-flight win over Barcelona.

Barca striker Suarez was critical of his side's performance and their continued dependence on Messi.

"Many of us are here because of what we did in other teams".

"He is the best in the world but we can't rely on Leo to always sort everything out for us", the Uruguayan said.