Ernesto Valverde claims Lionel Messi was 100% at Athletic Bilbao

Many say Messi looked short of his best against Athletic Bilbao but, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insisted that Lionel Messi was completely fit for the Athletic Bilbao clash which ended in a goalless draw.

The Argentine looked like he was holding back for the majority of the first half and failed to bail out an average Barcelona side. “Messi is fine, and he has played at 100 percent,” Valverde said after the match. “He has had some difficulties because we had them as a collective, but when he plays, it is because is convinced everything is fine.” He added.

However, he did admit that Arturo Vidal and Coutinho were far from their best. “It’s like everything else when you get a draw that you think that you should have won,” Valverde said. “It is a matter for the whole team, and people always point to a player because he failed a pass or some situation. It is true that sometimes they can be more successful.” Valverde added.

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