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'Every Time Messi Doesn't Play, Barca Win'

A former Argentina international believes FC Barcelona are now finally using their other strengths with Lionel Messi out of the team.

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The Blaugrana captain has missed the club's past two games due to suspension after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup final.

Barcelona have recorded back-to-back 2-0 wins in the Copa del Rey and LaLiga since, which has seen the side move up to third spot on the LaLiga table, and former Argentina goalkeeper Hugo Gatti believes Messi's absence has allowed other players to step up.

"Every time Messi doesn't play, Barcelona win because they can draw on other strengths," he told El Chiringuito.

"Football is about winning and if you play well, even better.

"Every time Messi doesn't play, Barcelona win."

Gatti also feels Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard could still reach Messi's level if he gets over the mental fear of getting injured.

"I still think that Hazard can be at the level of Messi. That he can be better than Messi, but he has not played," he added.

"If you remove that mental injury problem, he can star. And even more so because this Messi today is not the Messi of a year or two ago.

"He could be Madrid's trump card. But we have to see what happens."

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