Barcelona star Lionel Messi still can't play in the match against Valencia on Saturday (9/14). But Barcelona can be additional strength from the presence of Luis Suarez. Barcelona still do not want to take the risk by playing Messi, who suffered a calf muscle injury since last August. Messi's absence will certainly be an advantage for Valencia. In addition to Messi, other players who are absent from the match later are Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona reserve goalkeeper, Neto.
Messi has never played for the Blaugrana in La Liga this season. In addition, Messi also never played for Barcelona in pre-season. The last time Messi went down to play for Barcelona was when Barca faced Valencia in the Copa del Rey final last season.
Messi absence has a major effect on Barcelona's performance at the start of the season. In the first three La Liga matches, Barcelona only collected four points. As a result, they are now five points behind Atletico Madrid who became the top of the standings.
Although Messi was absent, Barcelona could at least smile a little because Luis Suarez was back playing. Duet Suarez and Antoine Griezmann up front could be Barcelona's hopes of undermining the Valencia defense. The condition of Valencia itself is not too good. They have just experienced a change of coach. Now Valencia is handled by Albert Celades.
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