BARCELONA duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez reportedly had dinner to discuss five players they think Ernesto Valverde should sell, reports claim
Barcelona’s splendid campaign so far hit a bump in midweek with Espanyol beating them 1-0 in the Copa del Rey.
The Catalan giants have been firing on all fronts this season but, against their city rivals, the La Liga giants slipped to a disappointing defeat.
And Spanish website Diario Gol say Barcelona heavyweights Messi and Suarez had dinner before the game, where they supposedly discussed five players they think should be shown the door.
Barcelona were much-changed against Espanyol with the likes of Carles Alena, Denis Suarez and Aleix Vidal all getting rare chances to prove their worth.
But the players toiled to leave Barca’s dreams of winning a treble this season in the balance.
Diario Gol say the two players met for dinner and named five players they think should not play.
Vidal, Denis Suarez and Alena were supposedly named, with Messi and Luis Suarez both thinking the trio were out of their depth.
Rafinha and Lucas Digne were also reportedly deemed high-risk as well.
Meanwhile, speaking after the game, Barcelona boss Valverde accused his players of lacking focus.
“Despite suffering in strategic situations, sometimes it seems that you suffer more because of the environment than the chances,” he told reporters after the match.
But their approach was to sit back and wait for us, closing any interior spaces. It was hard for us, but we had it under control.
“We were not successful in goal situations. The penalty save reactivated the crowd – there was some tension and then they scored.
“We wanted to do the same as always [in terms of the way they approached the game], but they defended well, they got it right in the move for the goal and Diego Lopez’s penalty stop. We have to come back.
“The favourite at the end is the one who is winning, who has an advantage, in the same way as when we drew against Celta Vigo [in the last 16].
“The result is not good for us. We have to play at home, but they’ll try to score. It’s the cup and you have to play until the end.”