By Pa Sport Staff
Published: 00:14 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 00:14 GMT, 2 December 2019
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde talked up the importance of having Lionel Messi in his side after the forward netted the winner in the 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid.
Barca rode their luck in the first half, seeing the hosts hit the post and bring two fine saves out of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
But they punished Atletico's failure to take their chances five minutes from time courtesy of Messi, who played a neat one-two with Luis Suarez on the edge of the area before coolly side-footing into the bottom corner.
Lionel Messi has been hailed by Ernesto Valverde after once again saving Barcelona
Valverde watched on as a piece of Messi magic saw Barca get three points from Atletico
The Argentinian's first league strike at the Wanda Metropolitano took Barca top of LaLiga on