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Reports: Two Things Barca Told Messi Not To Do Against Sevilla

Reports: Two Things Barca Told Lionel Messi Not To Do Against Sevilla

By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 03, 2018 10:00 AM @KurtLaduma

Before superstar Lionel Messi, who has been carrying an injury, was introduced in FC Barcelona's LaLiga clash against Sevilla on Saturday, he was given two very strict instructions.

Click through the gallery above to see images from Barca's draw with Sevilla.

After missing both of Argentina's recent international friendlies, Messi was named on the bench for the Catalan club's match against Vincenzo Montella's Sevilla this past weekend.

Although he was always expected to play a part, the Argentine was introduced in the second half when the Blaugrana were 2-0 down, and close to their first league defeat of the season.

Messi flipped the game on its head as his presence alone seemingly put Sevilla on the back foot, before he eventually scored a dramatic late equaliser with a strike from outside the box in the 88th minute to seal a point for Barca.

Despite the 30-year-old's energetic display in his 35-minute cameo, AS reported that Messi was given two very strict instructions by manager Ernesto Valverde before stepping on to the pitch.

It is believed that Messi was told "to avoid long sprints, and to avoid sudden changes of pace", two of the forward's biggest traits.

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The Barca boss admitted after the game that the attacker was carrying a knock, although he will be expected to start in the first leg of Barcelona's UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash against Roma on Wednesday.

Do you think Barca need to be careful of causing further damage to Messi's injury? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Michaeltshigama Apr 05, 2018 07:29 PM
He should convince his teammate, Lemar to come to the theater of dreams too
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Mumm_Rubi Apr 04, 2018 01:12 AM
Small team with one big player. In 4years time they'll go back to their normal self
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Golden Boots Apr 03, 2018 01:45 PM
This is garbage reporting. The King did what he had to do and he came through for us.
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Mentashe Apr 03, 2018 01:17 PM
NOT REALLY AS LONG IT IS WELL MANAGED.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 03, 2018 12:29 PM
Football will never be the same once King Messi retires
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Warras4phefeni Apr 03, 2018 10:49 AM
Barca must pray he doesn't aggravate his injury otherwise bazolicula elandincamisayo.
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clemz7 Apr 03, 2018 10:44 AM
King Messi is a gr8 star
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Maloh11 Apr 03, 2018 10:03 AM
messi messi

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