Lucho accepts the challenge
Barcelona should have normally been all smiles for leapfrogging Real Madrid in the league standings after just 72 hours of being behind, but generally everything in the Blaugrana world was overshadowed by Lionel Messi’s injury. Even Luis Enrique spent the best part of his post-match press conference after the team beat Las Palmas 2-1 talking about Leo’s injury. The coach began by saying that any injury is “sad and unpleasant… if it’s an injury to Leo Messi, even more so…we are convinced that we’ll overcome it.” For Lucho, living without Messi means, “We will get to see what we’re made of.” When asked whether Leo’s absence will bring tactical changes, Lucho couldn’t have replied more firmly. “Barça will not play differently without Leo. Yes, there were things only he could take care of, but now, simply, we have to strengthen our play as a group,” affirmed the coach.
From the little he said on the actual match, one could easily understand that Lucho was only pleased with the result. The coach once more lamented his team’s lack of effectiveness in front of goal, with Lucho saying, “As has been happening recently, we haven’t been failing to convert far too many of our chances, and this has been a cause for concern, especially when our opponent scores off half a chance.”
Let’s be honest. Not a lot of us will care too much about the result or the performances in the game against Las Palmas. The team got a win, Luis Suárez scored a brace and Marc-André ter Stegen failed to keep a clean sheet (again), but the only real talking point following the game was Lionel Messi. The best player in the world suffered an injury early on in the game and had to be replaced by Munir el Haddadi, heading straight down the tunnel once he was taken off. It has now been confirmed by the official Barcelona twitter account that Leo suffered a tear in the internal collateral ligament in his left knee and will be out for seven to eight weeks.
A lot has been said about his injury and a lot will inevitably be said until he recovers. For now, let’s focus on the match and the numerous talking points that littered its duration,
8 WEEKS OF PRAYING 2 – LAS PALMAS 1
MESSI: “THIS YEAR HAS SEEN SOME BAD LUCK… BAD LUCK THAT I SUPPOSE CAME FROM FIFA”
VERY EXPENSIVE VICTORY: LEO, OUT 7 OR 8 WEEKS
He suffers a tear of his interior collateral ligament in his left knee
Without Leo, Luis Suárez decided with a double, meanwhile Neymar missed a penalty
MESSI KO’D 2 MONTHS
HE SUFFERED A TEAR OF THE INTERNAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT IN HIS LEFT KNEE
DOUBLE FROM SUÁREZ
Injuries are one thing. An injured Lionel Messi is quite another thing. Use all the biometric feedback systems you want, randomness is always there to throw your preparation and plans out the window. The club officially communicated that a tear in a knee ligament will keep Messi out of action for around two months. The team is still loaded with wordclass talent but Messi is otherworldly and his absence significantly impacts schemes and strategy. Nevertheless, Barça should manage without Messi well enough during his time away.
Lionel Messi suffers a knee injury
FC Barcelona’s victory against La Liga minnow Las Palmas was marred by a nasty-looking knock to the knee suffered by the blaugrana’s mercurial number 10.
The official Twitter indicates that Lionel Messi – who was taken to a hospital immediately after being replaced by Munir El Haddadi – suffered a tear in the internal collateral ligament in his left knee and will be out for seven to eight weeks.
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