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Messi took to Instagram to express his delight following the news of the birth of his son, Ciro. "We're Barca and there's a lot of pressure here, so for that reason there's been a lot of focus on him". "We're trained to have the mentality of game by game at this club".

Messi's next match will be on Wednesday for the Champions League visit by Chelsea.

The last-16 tie is evenly posted at 1-1 following the Stamford Bridge fixture.

Barca defeated bottom side Malaga 2-0 Saturday to move 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who are scheduled to play Celta Vigo Sunday.

FC Barcelona will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga when they travel to La Rosaleda to face Malaga.

But Jimenez could only watch when Alba's long cross met Suarez's run near the penalty spot, where the striker floated a header into the corner of the net.

The absence of Messi will be missed, who now the top goalscorer and assist provider in La Liga this season.

Paulinho should have doubled Barcelona's lead but saw his shot hit the side-netting.

Dembele joined from Borussia Dortmund last summer for €105 million but the pressure of that price tag and a long-term injury earlier in the season have disrupted his first year in Spain. He showed the verve and decisiveness that he lacked in prior matches with his runs and passing choices.

"Dembele's a player that needs time, he's young", Valverde added.