Amid Barcelona’s transition, Messi is more important than ever before

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The guys answer your tweets on Barcelona's needs and wants and if Ernesto Valverde is merely a placeholder coach.
Lionel Messi admits that there is a simple trick he tries when the going gets tough and the game is slipping away. He looks for Andres Iniesta and says: "come closer."
On Wednesday night, as Real Madrid overran Barcelona, he couldn't — Iniesta was 600km away, injured – and, when the league campaign begins on Sunday evening at home to Betis, he won't be able to either. Messi won't see his teammate unless he glances to the stands. Nor will he see Luis Suárez, who has a knee problem. And as for…

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