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Scholes: Messi and Barca look bored

Paul Scholes has hit out at Lionel Messi and the Barcelona team, saying they look "bored".

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, who was on the losing end of two Champions League finals against Pep Guardiola's "soul-destroying" La Liga giants in 2009 and 2011, believes the Argentine superstar and some of his clubmates are not giving their all for the club after watching their narrow 1-0 win over Valencia.

Writing in a column for The Independent, Scholes said: "This was not one of Barcelona’s finest days, one in which Suarez struggled and Neymar looked a bit lightweight. At right-back, Dani Alves seemed under the impression he did not have any defensive role to play. Valencia were well-organised and they should have won the game.

"To put it in context, Barcelona have only dropped eight points in the league this season and they are second, just two points behind Real Madrid. But in terms of the way they are playing it feels like something is missing.

"As for Messi, his achievements put him in a different category to the rest of us who played the game. But even so, in him, as much as anyone, I detected that mood of boredom. He has never been a player given to chasing the full-back when his team lose the ball, but now, more than ever, he keeps his movement to an absolute minimum."

Source: The Independent

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