Lionel Messi has the backing of manager Luis Enrique despite his developing infamy as inconsistent from the penalty spot.
Messi had missed a chance to put Barcelona 2 goals ahead against Manchester City in their UEFA Champions League clash, but had his spot kick well saved by Joe Hart.
The miss was Messi’s 3rd from the penalty spot this season.
“Those who miss penalties are those who dare to take them and our penalty taker is undoubtedly Leo Messi. We have the utmost confidence in his capacity to take them,” he told reporters.
“The result is deserved and we must be proud of it. It is difficult to close out the result in these matches, but we had a lot of chances.
“In the first half we were very good. We created a lot of chances from midfield and we defended very well. We were very good in all aspects of the game.