Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona analysis: Is Lionel Messi keeping Ernesto Valverde in a job? | La Liga

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop break down Barcelona's 1-0 win vs. Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The guys praise Lionel Messi for his winning goal for Barca, but Burley adds that Messi's brilliance is "papering over the cracks and deficiencies" at the club and believes Ernesto Valverde might be without a job if not for his star player. Hislop says Barca are more reliant on Messi more now than when he won his first Ballon d'Or award in 2009.
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  1. Book of shadows contributor Brian

    Book of shadows contributor Brian

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    777th comment 🍦🍰🍫🍭

  2. The Square

    The Square

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    What a way to pick up ballon d’or.

  3. labyrinthodont 6

    labyrinthodont 6

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    Messi and Suarez are SUPPOSED to score. They are the attacking players that is their job. Who do they expect to score? The defenders? If defenders score it is a bonus. But Messi and Suarez are supposed to score or get fired.

  4. Ben Palmer

    Ben Palmer

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    Without Messi barca are exposed to how bad valverde really is

  5. legendary sanin

    legendary sanin

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    TerStegen was the real difference 💥🔥

  6. marinerphil Xavi

    marinerphil Xavi

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    Ter Stegen and Messi saves Valverde's Job again. 🤷🏾‍♂️

  7. EZ Darren Robson

    EZ Darren Robson

    3 दिन पहले

    Short answer, Yes

  8. Andrew Bell

    Andrew Bell

    3 दिन पहले

    This is why Messi is the best and deservedly won his 6th balon dor.

  9. C A

    C A

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    These fools still mention xavi iniesta ni disrespect brilliant players but messi made them look good to not just they mafe messi look good

  10. Yotsuichi


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    Messi and Ter Stegen is the one keeping Valverde on his job.

  11. RedxJG


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    Messi and Ter Stegan are absolutely unreal 👽 🔥

  12. Subha Murmu

    Subha Murmu

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  13. Justmove Up

    Justmove Up

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    Yet stegen is skiing the coach as well

  14. Zoltan Obru

    Zoltan Obru

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    This is getting so old. Leave the coach freakin' alone. Three of the four most important masters are gone. Iniesta, Xavi, Alves. It takes some time to rebuild a team. Coach hopping may work in Real.

  15. BG 9

    BG 9

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    So if Barcelona loses it’s Valverde’s fault, if they win and Messi plays well (which is well most of the time) he gets saved by Messi? Great Logic there! This Valverde bashing is disrespectfull just saying. Let the man do his job and enjoy his win.

  16. Akinde Akintobi

    Akinde Akintobi

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    I'm so happy that he said Suarez

  17. Luke McGrory

    Luke McGrory

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    Barcelona would’ve been better keeping Luis Enrique IMO

  18. R Y

    R Y

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    Messi should have sacrificed his ballon d’or and stopped delivering to sack Valverde. Barcelona is wasting too many good players like Griezmann, Coutinho and De Jong because of Valverde’s poor management.

  19. Marko Nikolic

    Marko Nikolic

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    The most boring team in the world - Atletico Madrid.

  20. Bryson Sabun

    Bryson Sabun

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    EXACTLY, valverde should have been sacked, thanks to Ter Stegen too

  21. King Jan123

    King Jan123

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    Barca got sooo lucky

  22. kouzou8


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    Literally 2 players only keeping barca alive, messi and ter stegen, lol.

  23. Michael St. Hill

    Michael St. Hill

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    Ernesto Valverde is keeping Ernesto Valverde in a job

  24. Padi Laling

    Padi Laling

    4 दिन पहले

    BARCA channel 😂

  25. Kibbit


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    No. Atleti would not have won. Messi isn't a defender. It would've been 0-0. Simple as that. And no, Barca was good. So was Ateltico. Both played a good game.

  26. 121212


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    Would Liverpool have won the cl with Messi instead of van Dijk ?

  27. Rodger Moore

    Rodger Moore

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    Messi will save any manager's career

  28. Gavin Verma

    Gavin Verma

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    Short answer: Yes Long answer: Yyyyyyeeeeesssssss

  29. Muhammad Sahil

    Muhammad Sahil

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    i hope loachim lowe stays germany manager for 10 more years n keep playing neure always. MATS will only go more monstrous for barca to achieve the no 1 spot in germany

  30. kakarrot15


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    I feel the measure to coaching Barca successfully shouldn’t rely on if Messi is performing but if the other 10 players on the field are providing as well on top of that

  31. Жомолдин Маллаев

    Жомолдин Маллаев

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  32. Henrik Rodriguez

    Henrik Rodriguez

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    The current Fcbarcelona team is relying on Messi. This is the same as the Argentina national squad so how is it Messi’s fault when they lose? That Shaka guy said that Messi isn’t The best ever because he haven’t won a national trophy. So basically. When Barcelona loses it’s the teams fault. But when Argentina loses its Messi’s fault.

  33. Iyaan Fortnite

    Iyaan Fortnite

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    Ter stegen and messi svaing the hole team

  34. Jose Lajuj

    Jose Lajuj

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    Balón de oro mesi mesi y mesi

  35. Harsha Verma

    Harsha Verma

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    Ter Stegen helped one end and Messi helped other end Valverde helped nowhere

    • John Nkurunziza

      John Nkurunziza

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  36. John Blessed

    John Blessed

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    Messi deserves the Ballon d'or

  37. Activate A

    Activate A

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    Title: Lionel Messi keeping valverde in a job Ter stegen: am I a joke to you

  38. Shreyans Pandya

    Shreyans Pandya

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    Imagine pep or ten hag instead of Valverde.. Scoreline Would be 0-5

  39. Culé Luke

    Culé Luke

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    Messi & Ter Stegan saved Valverde

  40. Caleb Lim

    Caleb Lim

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    Messi is carrying Barca’s attack. de Jong is carrying Barca’s midfield, both offensive and defensive midfield. ter Stegen is carrying Barca’s defence. Without these 3 players, Barca does not score, they concede chances so much easier and create less chances, and sure-fire goals are no longer brilliantly saved.