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Boss Ernesto Valverde did not want to declare whether Messi was fit enough to play for 90 minutes against Betis but said the forward was no longer anxious about relapsing. It does affect you mentally. "It should also help us to realise it is never easy to win".

Dembele will be absent against the Andalusian club for the game at the Nou Camp, in the latest setback following his £136million move from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017. I try to do what's best for my team and club. "I'm sure he did it so he can improve in certain aspects".

La Liga leaders Barcelona fell to a first home defeat in any competition for more than two years when they were beaten 4-3 by Real Betis at the Nou Camp on Sunday despite Lionel Messi returning from injury.

Yet the Spanish worldwide, while conceding that all their defenders all needed to improve, was also adamant that the champions' fans should not be anxious about the current frailties of the team's rearguard.

Arturo Vidal's tap-in gave Barca hope, but Sergio Canales got the away side's fourth, before a Messi consolation.

Barcelona remain top of the La Liga table after 12 games, now leading Sevilla by a point and a revived Real Madrid by four.

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"It's not an individual thing, it's a group problem".

On his future, Solari said: "We'll see".

"It's basic stuff which we know and we have talked about". Barcelona would fall 2-0 behind before halftime as Clément Lenglet whiffed attempting to clear a cross that skittered across the face of goal, and with the defenders all sucked towards net by the fast paced counter-attack, Cristian Tello cut the ball back into the middle where Joaquin was waiting to finish with a nifty little flick. "I think he can play, he's pretty assured, I think he'll be okay". "We are keeping a close eye on Marc at the moment, but he is able to play tomorrow", Valverde said.

Barca's defeat, at the hands of a team that had lost three of their previous four league outings, was compounded by the sending off of their midfielder Ivan Rakitic after 81 minutes.

"We have been a fearless team in every way", former Spain global Joaquin said. "Teams have bigger budgets, better players and they are more competitive and that's better for spectators".