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Lionel Messi's Heat Map Vs. Real Sociedad Highlights Problem For Barcelona

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Lionel Messi's Heat Map Vs. Real Sociedad Highlights Problem For Barcelona

Lionel Messi's heat map paints an interesting picture.

Barcelona recorded a fourth successive La Liga victory by beating Real Sociedad away from home on Saturday, though something problematic emerged regarding the clubs talisman.

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Messi could fill in any position and do a job but you don't necessarily want him at right-back, rather the attacking third where he can do the most damage.

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However, right-back was where he was practically playing on Saturday.

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Ernesto Valverde fielded Nelson Semedo at right-back before dragging him off at half-time for Philippe Coutinho to freshen up his side.

Messi failed to pull the strings in Real Sociedad's box because he was constantly picking up the ball from the right-back area.

A lack of creativity prompted Messi to grab the game by the scruff of it's neck which ultimately meant dropping deep. Very deep.

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Anyway, Barcelona eventually secured all three league points after coming from behind.

Aritz Elustondo opened the scoring for the hosts. Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele made it 1-1 then 2-1.

Meanwhile, Barcelona put their league campaign to a side as they host PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next week.

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Surely, Valverde tinkers his team so Messi can influence the game in the final third...?

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi

Nasir Jabbar
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