Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has revealed that Lionel Messi’s latest injury setback won’t affect the winning mentality of the team ahead of today’s (Saturday) clash against Getafe.
Valverde, who confirmed that he could not determine whether the Argentine forward would be fit for next week’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan, reiterated that the team is poised to win without him today.
“I don’t know how long he will be out for, we hope he can return to the team soon,” he said at a news conference (via Reuters ).
“It’s not serious, it’s a small strain but we’re going to see how he improves next week.”
“If he returns soon it’s a boost for us and if not then we will be missing a player who is absolutely decisive. But we have the resources to manage without him, it’s a setback, but we need to keep going.”
“I don’t think we’re anxious but because everyone keeps speaking about that, it seems as if we need to win away as soon as possible to get rid of this feeling,” he added.
“It’s true that we haven’t won away and we haven’t played well away and the two things are related. We need to step things up away from home and we have a good opportunity to do so tomorrow.
“The fact we are playing Getafe is good for us as they will put us under real pressure at their stadium and will force us to dig deep.”