Barcelona coach Valverde defends benching Messi for Bilbao draw

Philippe Coutinho reacts during Barcelona's 2-1 defeat to Leganes

"We can't depend on Messi to enter the match and solve things for us", Suarez said.

"Of course we need the points", Valverde said, adding, "any team needs the points but for us even more so, because every team Barcelona loses, there is an quake".

But Suarez insists they should not have to be bailed out by Messi all the time, as Barca avoided suffering a second successive La Liga defeat after a midweek loss at Leganes.

Valverde tried to rest Messi and Sergio Busquets on Saturday but he had to bring them both on to help salvage a point. We can not afford to concede goals in every game.

Messi was given a rest by coach Ernesto Valverde, seemingly with one eye on Wednesday's Champions League trip to Tottenham, but it backfired.

"If we won 2-1 the question wouldn't even exist".

"I knew it was a risky decision, but if it had gone well, you wouldn't be asking me about it".

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"We did not start well and I was disappointed for my own par in their goal but we did well to take advantage of them switching off. It's absolutely my responsibility".

Leganes had never earned a point against Barcelona in its three seasons in the first division.

Leganes had done well to limit their deficit to one goal and they came flying out of the blocks after half-time, chasing down their opponents with aggressive pressing.

"There's no anxiety", he added. Recent results have not been good but it is a long season'.

Oscar Rodriguez, a former member of Real Madrid's youth teams, who is on loan with Leganes, took advantage of Pique's uncharacteristic mistake to score the 53rd-minute victor.

Far from their best in terms of quality of football, in the fluidity of their offensive play, the capacity to create chances and above all, in defensive solidity.

"We have to improve".

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