Messi warns Barcelona not to depend on him

Real captain Sergio Ramos

The Barcelona centre back was left red-faced following his terrible attempt at a clearance gave La Liga strugglers Leganes a 2-1 lead on Wednesday night.

Messi was given a rest by coach Ernesto Valverde, seemingly with one eye on Wednesday evening's (Thursday morning AEST) UEFA Champions League trip to Tottenham Hotspur, but it backfired.

Barcelona captain Leo Messi turned on ref Jaime Latre at the end of their draw with Athletic Bilbao.

Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique struggled to come to terms with Barcelona's defeat.

'We can't be conceding goals in every game.

Leganes had done well to limit their deficit to one goal and they came flying out of the blocks after half-time, chasing down their opponents with aggressive pressing.

'Last season we were hard to score against and now teams score against us from the slightest chance.

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"Sometimes it's hard to explain what happens in a game". We're going to try to win. "That's five points in three days gone and it's hard to explain".

The important thing is how the team's heavyweights have realised they must improve, both in their play and on the scoreboard.

In Seville, Real were met by a rampant home team who took the lead in the 17th minute through Portuguese striker Andre Silva.

Despite drawing at home to Girona and losing at minnows Leganes after starting without key first-teamers such as Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti, Barca coach Valverde made the eye-catching decision to field a team without midfield anchor Busquets and all-time top scorer Messi.

They had 21 shots, but it was quantity over quality, with Bale their only impressive attacking player - although he squandered several good chances to score.

Barca continued to push for a second goal and were almost rewarded in the 16th minute when Lionel Messi rattled the crossbar with a strike from the edge of the box.

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