Barca have options even without Messi

Published on Sep 28, 2016 06:33 AM IST
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BERLIN: Barcelona will travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach for their Champions League match on Wednesday without Lionel Messi but the Spaniards have enough options and firepower to plug the gap left by the Argentine, coach Luis Enrique said. Messi has been sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury but Barca were unaffected by their leader’s absence on Saturday, firing five goals past Sporting Gijon in a show of force. Their opening game in Europe was even more impressive as the Spaniards crushed Celtic 7-0. “I have different kinds of players and that gives me a lot of options,” Luis Enrique said. “Depending on who we are playing and the players I have available, I will pick the ones that I think are right for the situation. “To lose Messi means that football loses. With Messi we are stronger, but we will continue being strong,” he said.

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