Pique insists Barca can cope without Messi

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique believes the club can cope with the absence of talisman and captain Lionel Messi due to injury.The Spain international acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insists the team can cope without their superstar.Messi is expected to miss three weeks after fracturing his arm in Barca’s 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday’s Spanish league clash.After setting up Philippe Coutinho for the first goal of the game and scoring himself, the Argentine superstar landed heavily on his right arm before leaving the field in the first half at Camp Nou.Messi will miss next weekend’s Clasico against struggling Real Madrid, as well as Barca’s UEFA Champions League fixtures against Inter Milan.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us,” Barca centre-back Pique said, according to FourFourTwo.“It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not.”Messi has scored seven league goals for the Catalan club this season and 12 in all competitions.“We will try to make sure Leo’s absence is noticed as little as possible,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added.last_img

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