Plenty of wins without Messi in the past
Leo Messi has missed 17 games since Guardiola took over as manager and the good news for the team is that only four of those matches ended in defeat, with three draws and ten wins. What’s more, three of the four defeats came in games where nothing wa
Messi will definitely miss the next two games, but in the past the team has been able to more than
make do without their Argentinean star, only losing when he’s been out away to Wisla(1-0),
Shaktar (2-3) and Mallorca (2-1) and at home to Osasuna (0-1) in the 2008/09 season. Only in the
first of those games was anything actually at stake.
Wins against Sporting and Bilbao
enough, this won’t be the first time that Leo has missed games against Sporting or Bilbao.
Last year’s opening fixture at the Nou Camp saw Barça beat Sporting without Messi and Bilbao
lost 0-1 at San Mames in the 2008/09 season, as well as in the first leg of last season’s
Spanish Super Cup in the Basque country(1-2) when he was also absent.
Seville and Inter
The team have also recorded important victories against big teams when Messi has been
unavailable, beating Seville 4-0 at the end of the season before last and Inter 2-0 in the group
stages of the Champions League last year. Winning without Messi should be nothing new for the team
– just like winning with him!