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​Lionel Messi explains why Ernesto Valverde is lucky

Lionel Messi has suggested Ernesto Valverde’s rotation tactics have been lucky so far, so he has no problem with them for the time being.

​Lionel Messi explains why Ernesto Valverde is lucky

Barcelona moved into the next round of the Copa del Rey this week after beating Espanyol.

The game also saw Philippe Coutinho come on to make his first appearance for the club since his transfer from Liverpool earlier this month.

With Messi, Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, one player could be set to miss out on the starting line-up at any given time.

The Argentina international hasn’t missed a single minute of league action this season but, with Champions League football set to return next month, Valverde has proven he isn’t afraid to make big decisions.
And Messi is fine with the team often being rotated, as long as he is still getting results.

“The coach decides,” Messi said.

“I speak to him often and I have no problem in rotating, like my other teammates.

“Luckily, things are going well and we passed a tough test against Espanyol.

“We’re happy about how things are going, although there is a lot left to play for.

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