Milla: Iniesta and Messi crucial

Former Barcelona midfielder Luis Milla believes Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are as important as ever to the Catalans.

Milla, who played at Camp Nou between 1984 and 1990 before leaving for Real Madrid, added that after Iniesta’s injury lay-off it was normal for him to take time getting back to his best.

“I though Barca did well [against Sevilla],” Marca reports Milla as saying.

“They didn’t start well but were up against a spirited team which started strong and has some very interesting players, especially [Ivan] Rakitic.

“But when Barca managed to level the score, albeit from offside, the game changed and they were much better in the second half.

“After the physical problems it is normal to go slowly when returning to the team,” Milla said of Iniesta.

“We saw especially in the second half that Iniesta is now in line with the team.

“He was better and is a key player for a Barca to be good. He gives a lot of freshness to the team especially with Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Alex Song, who played alright.

“But Iniesta is a player who gives you more control in the game.”

Milla also touched on the form of Messi, who has suffered injury problems of his own this season.

“When you have a major injury that forces you to stop for a long time, and he was not used to stopping, you have to get your rhythm back.

“The game cost Messi a lot but it’s a start and he is a key player.

“He’s a player Barca need now, in the complicated situations they’ll have, Messi will appear like he always does.

“He will get better the more games he plays and will be crucial for his team.”

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