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Valverde has suf­fered plenty at the hands of Messi in his coach­ing ca­reer at Es­panyol, Va­len­cia and Ath­letic Bil­bao be­fore be­ing given the reigns at the Camp Nou.

And he ad­mit­ted it is far eas­ier be­ing on the same side as the five-time World Player of the Year af­ter his first taste of Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion as Barca boss.

“I have suf­fered many times play­ing against Messi and now I have the luck to have him on my side,” said Valverde.

“We know that when he gets the ball any­thing can hap­pen. To­day he opened up the game in one mo­ment where no one saw the gap and he found it.”

Valverde has al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced the ups and downs of his new role just over a month into the sea­son as his reign started with a 5-1 thrash­ing by Madrid in the Span­ish Su­per Cup be­fore a run of four straight vic­to­ries.

“In foot­ball when you lose it seems like you are never go­ing to win and when you win that you will al­ways win,” Valverde added, warn­ing against com­pla­cency.

“In­side the club we need to main­tain calm be­cause we know how dif­fi­cult ev­ery game is.” AFP

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