That match statistics shows that it was not less than Barcelona deserved, which they had 66% possession of the ball and nine attempts at goal compared to La Real’s six, the match ended 2-1 in the favor of Barcelona.
Barca fans took to social media to celebrate the team’s performance and where left scratching their heads with the position of Lionel Messi as taking up in the pitch.
The legend who is still widely regarded as the best player on the planet spend so much of his time playing extremely deep, some fans were convinced that he as actually playing the teams right back instead of Nelson Semedo.
Messi heat map from the game shows that he spent his longest period of the game in the right back/right wing area and barely got into the opposing penalty area.
With Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquest absent Barca lacked creativity in the midfield area which left Messi to be forced to play in deeper and deeper in order to make things happen.
Moreover, why would Valverde want his best forward to play this kind of role?
Surely the closer is he to the goal box the more chances of him to score and the better for the club. We are talking about a player who scored 550 goals for the club. Messi deserves praise for wanting to help his team seeing him operating so deep feels like a waste.