Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona Lose The Best Player In The World - Espanyol Coach Mauricio Pochettino

Espanyol coach Pochettino has declared that Barca will lament losing Lionel Messi for the Barcelona derby on Saturday at the Camp Nou...
Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino has declared that Barcelona lose the best player in the world with the absence of recently-crowned Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi for Saturday's Barcelona derby at the Camp Nou.

"What Messi brings to a team, no other player can bring...although I was watching Barca's [Champions League] match against Inter and saw that even without Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, they played one of their best matches of the season", commented the former Espanyol player.

Pochettino also discussed the importance of Xavi Hernandez to Barca, saying "Messi can break a match wide open, but Xavi is  the one that generates Barcelona's style of football".

Espanyol have been in freefall in La Liga, having lost their past three matches by a combined score of 10-0. The Blanquiazules hope that the local derby will serve as a springboard to regaining their composure and confidence.

Cyrus C. Malek, Goal.com