Ernesto Valverde: 'We have the players to cover for Messi'

Gerard Piqué, Nelson Semedo and Clement Lenglet also offer their reactions to Saturday's 4-2 defeat of Sevilla, regaing top spot and Leo Messi's arm injury

Ernesto Valverde spoke to the press following the 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday, and here’s the pick of the quotes from him, and also from some of the players.

Back on top

“It’s very important for us to have regained top spot in the league … This time it was us who got an early goal. The injury meant we lost some of our concentration. We played with just ten men for quite a while because we were hoping we could get Messi back out there.”

Messi

"Of course he’s a major loss. We know what he does for us and what our opponents think just by seeing him on the pitch. We have the players to cover for him, but we have some very tough games coming up.”

Luis Suárez

"He’s the same as ever, fighting hard, creating chances and a constant headache for opponents. He got involved tonight, scored a goal, and we’re happy with him.”

Ter Stegen

"Two double saves in the same game? That’s not something you see too often.”

Quotes from the players

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