Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has admitted that the absence of Lionel Messi is felt at Barcelona after his side were held to a draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
The impasse at San Mames marked the first time that the club has dropped points in LaLiga this season.
The Catalans struggled to impose themselves on a game which the home side dominated for large periods and arguably had the better chances, perhaps still adapting to life without a player who demanded respect and caution from the opposition.
And after the game, despite his team temporarily moving top of the table, Koeman was not afraid to express his disappointment and open up on Messi's departure.
Read what Ronald Koeman said below:
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, two of Barcelona's title rivals this campaign, will have the chance to move ahead of them with victories today.
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