Messi absent: Griezmann, Suarez and Dembélé on fire
Leo Messi out against Bilbao
Leo is discarded to begin the League on Friday in Bilbao as Valverde does not want to take any risks. However, the connection between Suarez, Griezmann, and Dembele is a secure option as proven against Napoli.
Facing Messi playing his best football in Barcelona, you cannot be reckless. The most important player is Camp Nou is often the player determining the direction of Barcelona way of conducting the game and principal scorer.
“I would love for Messi to be on vacation, but if he’s not here, it’s because he’s hurt. I think it’s difficult for us to get it back by Friday. He’s following his recovery process and I’m not sure he can be there for the opening of the Liga.“
As a reminder, Messi experienced pain in the soleus muscle of his right calf during a collective training session just a week ago. And while he was playing the Copa America in early summer, his late return prevented him from playing last weekend at the Joan Gamper Trophy held at Camp Nou.
The French world champion showed up at the beginning of the second act against Bilbao by combining with Suarez for the first goal. Nine minutes later, the Blaugranas scored a second one with an outstanding collective action leading to an inevitable goal. After a big possession phase, Jordi Alba served Antoine Griezmann who then pushed the ball to the bottom of the net. The French striker scored his first goal under his new colors.
The rest of the game was Barcelona‘s classic. Two minutes later, Ousmane Dembélé served at the entrance to Suarez within the penalty area, whose curling shot went into the top corner. Finally, the French winger completed his side’s success with an unstoppable tense strike for Meret.