Lafita: Messi Is Irreplaceable, And We’ll Take Advantage Of His Absence

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Getafe midfielder Angel Lafita intends to take advantage of the absence of Messi, as they host Barcelona on Saturday.

Lafita is good at frustrating at Barcelona and was part of the Zaragoza team that upset them during the Frank Rijkaard era.

However, Messi will be unavailable to face Getafe due to injury. Barcelona will miss Messi, who always brings his A game against Getafe.

“He’s the best player in the world,” Lafita said. “And if we can avoid facing him, all the better because he can be decisive from any position on the pitch.

“It’s true that Barcelona can bring in other quality players but the plus that Messi gives the team can’t be provided by any other player – even though Neymar and [Luis] Suarez have taken the reins in his absence.”

And he added: “We will try to take advantage, playing together and without conceding any space in the centre. We’ll let them attack on the wing and we’ll attack on the break. Playing that way we were able to draw 0-0 last season, while two years ago we claimed a very valuable point at Camp Nou.

“There is never a good day to face Barcelona, but maybe without Messi and [Javier] Mascherano it is a better time than most.”



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