Messi behaviour on pitch is impeccable, FC Barcelona coach says
Messi, suspended for Argentina after swearing at match officials, was banned for this clash after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season for Barcelona against Valencia before the worldwide break.
The absence of the Argentina star saw Rafinha, who also started the 4-2 victory at home to Valencia before the worldwide break, deployed in a more advanced role. Argentina's dismal record without Messi is well-known - just one win in their last seven World Cup qualifiers without him - and Barca do not always cope well when their all-time top scorer is missing either.
Luis Enrique said: "The good thing is the game he gives you".
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique defended the integrity of his team's talisman Lionel Messi on Saturday after the Argentine was hit with a lengthy ban from global football for insulting an assistant referee. "In the face of what's coming up, a calendar so dense, he needs to rest".
After signing from Santos in 2013, he scored his first goal in that year's Supercopa de Espana against Atletico Madrid, which was also his first of nine trophies.
But coach Lucas Alcaraz remains upbeat about his side's chances of stunning their visitors.
Granada have won three of their last four La Liga games at Los Cármenes (L1).
Four arrested in Venice 'for plotting Westminster-inspired terror attack'
They were first put under surveillance previous year , when Mr Bekaj returned from Syria, police said. The group had expressed an unconditional support for Islamic State, he added.
Barca trail leaders Real Madrid by two points in the standings and have played a game more than Zinedine Zidane's side, who host Alaves on Sunday four hours before Barca's game.
Neymar missed the game against Deportivo and Barca looked lost without him, and it will now fall upon him to ensure Messi's absence is not as keenly felt against Granada.
Of course Messi's plan would include Neymar.
"We need to have all our senses focused on preparing ourselves well for the game and when it gets started, put everything into each and every minute, conscious that we'll be facing great players, but also believing that we'll have our own chances of winning the game and pushing them to the limit".
A draw is far more valuable for Sporting at the other end of the table as they move to within five points of safety in 18th.
The stakes could not be higher, and it is time to prove that while it is a privilege to have Messi, they do not only depend on him.
Real Madrid star Isco making 'every minute count'
Edgar Mendez missed the second of those chances to draw level when he found himself unmarked in acres of space at the far post. Madrid's victory came with Sergio Ramos , Marcelo, Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez all rested, while Casemiro was suspended.
Luke Maye's Late Jumper Downs Kentucky, Sends UNC to the Final Four
Fox picks up his second foul with 12 minutes left in the first half , and ends up playing just 28 minutes in the game. North Carolina will always be the Big Blue and we know everything about them from Dean Smith to MJ to Tobacco Road.
Bulldog Mentality, Zags Headed to First Title Game
Gonzaga will play the victor of the late Final Four game between top-seeded North Carolina and No. 3-seed OR here Monday night. Instead, the Zags (37-1) had another "rock fight", as Few called the West Virginia game, against the just-as-physical SC .
1 child killed, 6 sickened by carbon monoxide leak at hotel
Carbon monoxide levels taken in the hotel were 16 times the safe limit. "Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, tasteless". Hotel staff members called 911 after they walked by a window and saw six children unresponsive on the pool deck.
Jurgen Klopp questions England schedule in wake of Adam Lallana injury
Lallana is expected to miss up to a month because of the injury, and his absence will be a major blow to the Liverpool attack. He has been out with a hip injury and Jurgen Klopp said he hasn't returned to first-team training. "We both share players".
'Big mother of a snake' photobombs mum's snap of daughter
She asked her other children to look at her camera roll to see if she caught a snap of the snake . And like anyone, was taken aback when she spotted slithering photo-bomber.
Winless Johnson, Hamlin look for turnaround at Martinsville
The rest of the top 10 includes Joey Logano , Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. I can go fast in qualifying or early on tires, but I struggle at saving my stuff.
Jennifer Lawrence poses for Dior Fall 2017 campaign
Additionally, she also carries updated versions of the classic Lady Dior bag, along with the C'Est Dior and the Dior Addict. The campaign was shot by French photographer Brigitte Lacombe .
Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes never-before-seen images of 9/11 Pentagon terrorist attack
One of the pictures shows rescue workers with sniffer dogs searching the rubble for survivors or bodies. The attack resulted in 189 deaths, of which 125 were Pentagon employees.
Carolina 'Bathroom Bill' Experience Could Doom Similar Bills Elsewhere
The current law requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. The site selection committees began meeting this week and are scheduled to announce their decisions on April 18.
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