Sevilla draw demonstrates how much Barcelona depend on Leo Messi
The last time Barcelona were in a dire need of a comeback was last year, against PSG.
The Catalans were struggling against Sevilla. The Vincenzo Montella's team were better in almost every aspect of the game, having scored twice. However, everything changed when Leo Messi appeared on the pitch, replacing Ousmane Dembele.
During the last 30 minutes of the match, Leo Messi provided passing, sprints and crosses - everything that Barcelona had lacked. Sevilla's defenders started to feel uneasy. As a result, Luis Suarez and the Argentine himself both scored to secure Barcelona's unbeaten run go further.
It should be noted that Messi was not at his best. He was still suffering from muscle issues that ruled him out of both international friendlies with Argentina. He had only 30 minutes to change the course of play. And yet he did it.
By the way, the first time when Messi's substitution had lead to a comeback for Barcelona occurred more than 10 years ago. In the 2005/2006 the Argentine also came out in the second half and help the Catalans to score twice after trailing 2-0 to Zaragoza.
Have Barcelona become somewhat Messi-dependent?