Lionel Messi And Luis Suarez Stunned By Ernesto Valverde Decision

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The Sun (UK)

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde’s decision to start Andre Gomes against Atletico Madrid left Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez stunned, according to various reports.

Valverde’s decision to start Gomes did not go down well in the dressing room, according to a report from Spanish publication Diario Gol.

Gomes started his first start of the campaign which upset both Messi and Suarez due to how important the match was.

Denis Suarez, 23, who has recorded two goals and two assists so far this season, was sent to the bench.

Messi and Luis Suarez acknowledge Gomes’ talents but do not believe that he fits with the team’s playing style.’

Friction has been mounting between Suarez and Gomes after some comments made to the media, which Gomes denies.

“I have not said anything against Messi nor the manager, Valverde” Gomes said.

“It’s all been invented. I have too much respect for Valverde and for Leo to say something like that.”