Messi and co 'angry' after Barcelona slip up again

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Leaders Barcelona and European champions Real Madrid both suffered shock La Liga losses on Wednesday, with bottom club Leganes and a rampant Sevilla playing starring roles.

Barcelona are in a real spot of bother right now.

"I looked at the games we had, I thought what could happen and I thought that Messi and [Sergio] Busquets needed to rest, knowing that Wednesday is a big game and we have a big squad", Valverde said in a postgame news conference.

The Argentine started the game from the bench and was introduced in the second half as the hosts chased an equalier.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has backed his decision to rest Lionel Messi on Saturday, despite the Catalan club drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao.

"We had many chances but couldn't take advantage of them", Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said.

Wissam Ben Yedder volleyed home a third to wrap up the game before half-time - his sixth goal in three games.

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But the relegation-threatened side came back with goals from Nabil El Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez Arnaiz that gave Leganes record an emphatic win.

"Sometimes it's hard to explain what happens in a game".

"The other players here are here on our own merits and we can't depend on him or Busquets, we should have been winning when they came on to the pitch".

In the end, Leganes hung on to claim three points and handed Barca their first defeat of the season.

Oscar Rodriguez, a former member of Real Madrid's youth teams, who is on loan with Leganes, took advantage of Pique's uncharacteristic mistake to score the 53rd-minute victor.

They could have doubled their lead shortly after Messi went close, but Nelson Semedo's last ditch tackle stopped Inaki Williams when he was through on goal.

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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