Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde hopes to give Argentina superstar Lionel Messi breathing room
Posted: 2 February 2018 Time: 09:20
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admits the club need to give Lionel Messi room to breath due to the expectations placed on the forward's shoulders.
The Argentina international helped make the difference in Thursday's Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg win over Valencia, setting up Luis Suarez for the only goal of the game to give Barca the advantage ahead of the return fixture.
And Valverde knows the expectations carried by Messi are great, and hopes to give the superstar some breathing space so as not to burn the playmaker out.
"When Messi plays the ball, everybody expects many things from him," said Valverde.
"Sometimes it's too much because we have to let Messi breathe a bit.
"It's true he is an awesome player as we have said many, many times. It's a spectacle watching him every day."