The opener was an opportunistic effort from a free-kick cleverly rolled under the opposition wall, and which happened to be Barca's 6,000th goal in the history of Spain's top flight.
"He's a genius and we're lucky to be able to see him play every day".
"It's possible - we know his tendency to be drawn to where the ball is", Valverde said, adding that regardless of where the little Argentine plays on the pitch, the team will gain fruitful results.
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"I'd give Messi room to breathe, a break". "He always surprises you - he never ceases to amaze me, honestly". No one did. It was like the one he scored against Girona last season. "But as the minutes went by, we got better and better".
"In the first half, Messi had already hit the bar and then he takes that spectacular free kick".
"He's a gift to football. but not when he's playing against you!"
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Barca had dominated the late kick-off at a quiet Nou Camp but again struggled to convert chances against a shrewd Alaves, who are the last team to win a league game at the Catalans' home, beating them 2-1 in 2016 and almost repeating that feat last season before losing 2-1.
After a busy summer in the transfer market, reigning champions Barcelona get their new La Liga campaign underway with a home game against Alaves on Saturday night.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised his players' patience as they got their season off to a winning start.
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Antonio Valencia has spent nine seasons at Old Trafford and was named as the first choice captain for the majority of last season. The Brazilian midfielder was at his marauding best at times and will be looking to continue his solid start for the Red Devils .
Realistically, only two of them at the very most will feature in Valverde's strongest side, with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic guaranteed a starting role barring injuries or an unexpected collapse in form.