Valverde: Facing Messi Was Hell For Me

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Ernesto Valverde is quite happy he will not be facing Messi again, after seeing the Argentine display his masterclass in the 3-0 win over Juventus.

Valverde has faced Barcelona over the past decade with Espanyol, Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, but is now in charge of the Catalan giants.

Messi was the architect of all three goals , scoring two and playing a hand in the third, as Barcelona exerted revenge on Juventus.

“With Leo Messi, the feeling you have is that something good will always happen for us,” he told reporters.

“I suffered a lot when I had to face him as a coach but now I get to enjoy him. He’s involved in everything.

“The first goal just before the break changed everything. We were about to finish the first half and we had some problems because the rival was making it difficult for us.

“Nobody saw the gap and he found it, but I emphasise the involvement of Messi from all points of view.

“He is one of the best players in the history of the club, it is normal to talk about him. He also has a great tactical understanding.”



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